The AFLW has been left in shock after it was revealed premiership winner Heather Anderson had passed away aged 28. Check how did she die.
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Anderson first played AFL with Sale City Football Club in 2005 (U/12s) having played rugby league for four years with North Canberra Bears in the Canberra Junior Rugby League Competition.
Anderson was part of the 2006 Div 2 Sale City (Red) premiership winning team.
Then she returned to Canberra in 2007 and played for the Belconnen Cats u/14s for three seasons (including one season as an over age player).
This included at least six games in the Div 1 side in both 2008 and 2009. As a junior, Anderson played as a defender, outside mid- and mid-fielder.
How did Heather Anderson die
Heather passed away on 14 November 2022. She was 28 years old.
Her cause of death is not known. She suffered a dislocated right shoulder, which resulted in her second surgery within the year.
In a brief statement released on Monday, the club confirmed the 28-year-old passed away and expressed condolences to her family and friends.
‘The Adelaide Football Club is deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Premiership player Heather Anderson,’ the Crows statement read.
In a separate statement, AFLW boss Nicole Livingstone added: ‘Words cannot express the deep sadness amongst the AFL and AFLW community at this time. Our sincerest condolences are to the Anderson family.
‘On behalf of the AFL, I would like to express my deepest compassion to Heather’s family, friends and colleagues.’
An army medic, Anderson was selected by the Crows with pick No10 in the 2016 AFLW draft.
Originally from the ACT but stationed in the Northern Territory, she became the first Northern Territory-based player drafted by the Crows in the process.
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The AFLW has been left in shock after 2017 premiership winner Heather Anderson died at the age of 28.
Her team, the Adelaide Crows, said her death was “unexpected”. The details of her death are not yet known.
“The Adelaide Football Club is deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Premiership player Heather Anderson. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends,” a statement from the Crows read.
In a statement, AFLW boss Nicole Livingstone expressed her sympathy to Anderson’s family and friends, calling the former star a “much-loved and respected teammate”.
“Words cannot express the deep sadness among the AFL and AFLW community at this time. Our sincerest condolences are to the Anderson family,” Livingstone said.
“On behalf of the AFL, I would like to express my deepest compassion to Heather’s family, friends and colleagues.”
Former Crows forward Sarah Perkins took to social media in tribute, posting a photo of Anderson with the caption “family forever” and three love hearts in the Crows colours.
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