Former AFL player Colin Sylvia killed in car crash

Retired AFL star Colin Sylvia has tragically died in a car crash in Victoria.

Former Melbourne Football Club captain Garry Lyon confirmed the sad news to SEN breakfast on Monday morning.

“Colin Sylvia has tragically been killed in a car accident near Mildura, just out of Mildura last night,” Lyon told SEN.


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The fatal accident is understood to have happened at the intersection of Nineteenth Street and Benetook Avenue in Irymple around 2.20pm on Sunday.

The driver of the second vehicle managed to survive the crash, however was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The exact cause of the collision is yet to be determined, with investigations by Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives ongoing.

Tributes have since flooded social media, including from Sylvia’s former club the Demons.

“On behalf of the Melbourne Football Club, I would like to express my deepest compassion to the Sylvia family,” CEO Gary Pert said.

“Our thoughts are with those closest to Colin, his teammates and the extended Melbourne faithful at this very difficult time.

“Colin was not only a great footballer but also a great character, who built many meaningful relationships across the entire club.”

Sylvia played 157 games for the red and blue across 10 seasons before signing with Fremantle, where he continued his career in the west.

Playing six matches for the Dockers before announcing his retirement in 2015, Sylvia totalled 163 games and 130 goals across his 12-year career.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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