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.
— Peter Beattie (@SmartState1) August 23, 2018
Very sad to hear the passing of Lance Thompson overnight, one of my childhood favourites and a local hero who I looked up to and was lucky enough to get to know over the years, champion bloke and player. Rest In Peace Mate! pic.twitter.com/0K5yWQK3g7
— Keith Galloway (@kgalloway85) August 23, 2018
I sincerely hope Lance knew how many rugby league fans admired and respected him for what he achieved on and off the field in his career. So sad that this love could not sustain him. My heart breaks for his family. Rest in Peace. #LanceThompson pic.twitter.com/aQP9bWamJZ
— Andrew Voss (@AndrewVossy) August 23, 2018
Played 239 first grade matches from 1995-2008 as a strong, hard running, hard working back rower and played 5 matches for City. Gone way too soon at the age of 40. RIP Lance Thompson. pic.twitter.com/pEqVCMmcSX
— That’s Rugby League (@RugbyLeagueGold) August 23, 2018