The AFL world is in mourning after shock news that Natasha Ablett – the sister of AFL star Gary Jr. and daughter of football great Gary Sr. – has died.
According to The Age the 35-year-old died at her home in non-suspicious circumstances on Thursday night.
The eldest of Australian football great Gary Ablett Sr.’s four children, Natasha was receiving treatment through Barwon Health’s psychiatric unit in the weeks before her death.
Natasha’s younger sister Alisha paid tribute to her sister on social media, writing it was the “world’s best gift” to grow up with her sister.
“Natasha – you were the strongest women [I’ve] ever known with an absolute heart of gold (sic)!”
Natasha’s death comes just a month after 33-year-old Gary Jr. requested to move back to Geelong to be closer to his family.
Earlier this week, the AFL star – who has been playing for the Gold Coast Suns since 2010 – wrote a post on his website, Exclusive Insight, detailing his reason for wanting to return home to Geelong.
— Gary Ablett Jnr (@GaryAblettJnr) October 9, 2017