• Too Young, Too Soon.... Port Adelaide Tragedy

Monday, September 10, 2012

At a time of year when who you barrack for is the most important thing - strangely today, it became the least important thing as the entire AFL community learned in shock of the tragic death of Port midfielder John McCarthy. 

According to www.afl.com.au's Harry Thring & Matt Thompson some more details have been released along with the confirmation that the person involved with the Las Vegas incident, is indeed John McCarthy.
PORT Adelaide midfielder John McCarthy has died in Las Vegas, the club has confirmed.

McCarthy, 22, had left for a holiday with a group of 10 other Power players on Saturday.  

He was found in the early hours of Sunday morning, Las Vegas time, outside the Flamingo Hotel. Port Adelaide said the club understood he had fallen from a building. 

McCarthy is believed to have been alone at the time of his death. 

"It's devastating news," Port Adelaide CEO Keith Thomas said on Monday afternoon. 

"It's a young fella … the first thing is to make sure everyone is OK, that his parents are looked after, and his brother and his sister.

"We'll wrap our arms around our players, and their partners are doing that now and we'll be stronger for it."
McCarthy had left for a holiday with a group of Power players on Saturday.
Flamingo Hotel and Casino spokeswomen Debbie Munch confirmed to AFL.com.au a man was found unresponsive on the hotel's south driveway at 5.40am on Sunday, local time.

"He was transported to the University Medical Center of Las Vegas, where he was pronounced deceased," Munch said.
Port Adelaide players who had remained in Adelaide were called to the club's Alberton headquarters on Monday to be told the news.
The club said it was in contact with members of the travelling group and was working with US authorities while investigations continued. Football manager Peter Rohde was on his way to the US to be with the players.

Here's a look at some of the great moments during his career. 



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