Former AFL star Colin Sylvia has died after a shocking car collision on the weekend.
The former Melbourne and Fremantle star, 32, died at the scene of the collision in Irymple, in Victoria’s far north-west on Sunday at 2.20pm.
Former teammate Brent Moloney was first to announce the tragic news, mourning the loss of his ‘best friend’.
The ex-Melbourne star posted on social media that his friend, 32, was ‘gone too soon’ alongside a picture of of the two players outside the MCG.
Former AFL star Brent Moloney has announced his ‘best friend’ and former teammate Colin Sylvia (pictured) has died in a motorcycle accident
The ex-Melbourne star posted on social media that his friend, 32, was ‘gone too soon’ alongside a picture of of the two players outside the MCG
Victoria Police said the crash happened on Sunday at 2.20pm at the intersection of Nineteenth Street and Benetook Avenue.
The driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Sylvia spent 11 years playing in the AFL for Melbourne and the Fremantle Dockers and was the former’s leading vote-getter at the 2010 Brownlow Medal awards.
He courted controversy earlier this year when he pleaded guilty to using stolen credit card details at a Melbourne brothel.
Footy star Garry Lyon offered his condolences speaking on SEN Breakfast on Monday morning.
Sylvia (left) spent 11 years playing in the AFL for Melbourne alongside Moloney (right),as well as the Fremantle Dockers, and was the former’s leading vote-getter at the 2010 Brownlow Medal awards
The fatal crash took place on Sunday at 2.20pm at the intersection of Nineteenth Street and Benetook Avenue, police said
‘Some of the details are a bit sketchy but a two-car collision up there,’ he said.
‘Colin was taken really early in the draft, I think pick number three, was a really talented footballer at the Melbourne footy club.
‘Just one of those footballers where that talent and potential was never fulfilled, found his way to Fremantle and couldn’t get settled over there either.
‘He has had some off-field issues he has had to deal with along the way and tragically overnight, he has been killed in a car accident.
‘Our condolences and sympathies are extended to Colin Sylvia and his family and friends.’
Former St Kilda star Sam Fisher was among many ex-AFL players paying tribute to Sylvia online.
‘Absolutely saddened to hear the news about Colin Sylvia! Same draft so spend bit and pieces of time with him and always one of the nicest and come say hello!,’ he wrote.
‘Thoughts are with family and all those close to him!’
Brent Moloney (right) shared his grief with followers on Instagram, saying he and Mr Sylvia (left) were: ‘Always side by side no matter where we were’