Retired AFL star Colin Sylvia, 32, has been killed in a car accident outside Mildura, in Victoria’s northwest on Sunday afternoon.
Melbourne great Garry Lyon broke the news of the former Demons and Fremantle player’s death to SEN radio listeners on Monday morning.
“Colin was taken really early in the draft, I think pick number three, was a really talented footballer at the Melbourne footy club,” Lyon said.
“Our condolences and sympathies are extended to Colin Sylvia and his family and friends.”
Many players, football fans and former teammates expressed their shock and grief on social media.
— Anthony D’Angelo (@d_angey) October 28, 2018
We’re saddened to hear of the passing of past player Colin Sylvia.
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.
The Kid – gone too soon.
RIP Colin. pic.twitter.com/dYGwCPbPpO
— Demon Army (@DeeArmy) October 28, 2018
Melbourne football club’s Brett Maloney told of the pair’s closeness along a gallery of photos of his former teammate.
“Words can’t describe how I’m feeling!!! We were always side by side no matter where we were.