AFL Coach Brett Ratten’s Note to His Late 16-Year-Old Son
Following the tragic passing of Hawthorn FC assistant coach Brett Ratten's 16 year old son Cooper, the hawthorn coach has penned a heartfelt tribute.
Ratten's message, published in the Herald Sun newspaper, reads "We love you so much and we will miss you forever. You will be with us every minute of every day."
"You had so much potential and ability in the things you set your mind to. You have been taken way too soon and we will miss your smile, your laugh and all your cheekiness. These memories will last forever. I wish I could kiss you, hug you and hold you tight. I love you, my son. We love you so much always and forever."
Cooper Ratten died in an ambulance en route to hospital after he was thrown from a vehicle in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police have confirmed that Cooper was not wearing a seatbelt.
Two 17 year olds survived the crash and remain in hospital in police custody.
Cooper was sitting in the backseat of the vehicle after attending a Yarra Vale Football Club function when the car ran off the road.
Speed is allegedly thought to be a factor involved in the accident.