Footy star dies aged 25 after tragic accident during Christmas holiday in Prague

  • A footy star from Perth has tragically died on holiday 
  • Dakota Baldwin-Wright was involved in a tram accident 
  • Tributes have poured in for the popular ruckman 

Footy is in mourning after a popular player from WAFL was killed in a tragic accident while on a Christmas holiday in Europe. 

According to The West Australian, Dakota Baldwin-Wright, 25, died after an accident involving a tram while on a trip to Prague this week.

Family of the footy star, who played 44 games for the Perth Demons’ WAFL side, are heading to the Czech Republic following his shock death, and are receiving consular assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

‘The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian man who died in Prague,’ a departmental spokesman said.

‘We send our condolences to his family during this difficult time. Owing to our privacy obligations we are unable to provide further comment.’

Footy star Dakota Baldwin-Wright (middle left) has tragically died while on holiday

Reports claim the ruckman was involved in a tram accident in Prague before Christmas

Reports claim the ruckman was involved in a tram accident in Prague before Christmas

Perth Football Club president Adrian Barich paid tribute to the youngster, who enjoyed a strong end to the season where he earned his first Sandover Medal vote. 

‘The Perth Football Club is stunned, shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of our popular ruckman Dakota Baldwin-Wright,’ Barich said.

‘Dakota was an outstanding young man and was much admired and loved at the Perth Football Club. This is a terrible tragedy for Dakota’s loved ones and our deepest sympathies go out to them.

‘His passing has also rocked our playing group as he was a respected member of our senior team.’ 

WA Football Commission chairman Wayne Martin added: ‘Our thoughts at the time are with Dakota’s family, friends and the Perth Football Club.’ 

Baldwin-Wright was a talented ruckman who played 44 games for the Demons during his six seasons with the club.

He had decided to step away from footy for the 2024 season to spend 12 months travelling before his tragic death.

Consular assistance typically includes support and guidance for families and liaison with local and Australian authorities to help with funeral and repatriation arrangements.