Former NRL Dragons star Lance ‘Thommo’ Thompson has died, aged 40

The Rugby League community is in mourning today following the shock death of former Dragons star Lance Thompson.

It’s understood the 40-year-old was found dead in his Cronulla unit on Thursday night.

A cause of death has not yet been confirmed, however NRL.com says police are not treating it as suspicious or an incident of self harm.


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“Police Media said the death is not being treated as suspicious and they have indicated it does not appear to have been an incident involving self-harm.”

There are reports Thompson may have suffered a medical episode.

Dozens of tributes from fellow players, fans, coaches and the media have since flooded social media.

“I am absolutely numb at the news of Lance Thompson passing away,” Australian Rugby League commentator Andrew Voss wrote.

“If you watched Lance on The Fan this year, you would appreciate what a genuine & hard working man he was. Shattered for his family. He proved you don’t need to have won GF’s or played for your country to be a champion.”

Daryl Brohman also expressed his shock, revealing he had only had a beer with Thompson last week.

“Terribly sad news of Lance Thompson’s passing. Had a beer with him last Thursday. My god! RIP Thommo. Thoughts with his family and friends,” Brohman tweeted.

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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