Mick Fanning posts heartbreaking tribute to brother

Gold Coast surfer Mick Fanning has taken to Instagram to post a heartbreaking tribute to his older brother Peter following his shock death overnight.

In the emotional social media post, Fanning uploaded a childhood photo of himself with three of his brothers, thanking everyone for their support.

“I am so grateful for the incredible love and well wishes that have come my way since learning of my eldest brother’s passing this morning,” he wrote.


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Like all my big brothers, Peter will always be a hero to me. I have so many great memories of the good times we have all spent together and they will be with me forever.”

“We recently caught up and he told me how proud he was of me and how much he loves watching me compete. Today was one of the most challenging days of my life but I knew I could find the strength to take part in the final event of the season because that’s what Pete would want.”

“I also want to give special thanks to my other brothers – my friends on tour – for their support, I couldn’t have got through today without them. I would ask for some privacy on this matter while we come to terms with this devastating loss.

“Big thanks from our entire family. Tell the special people in your life you love them and give them a hug.”

A close family friend of Fanning confirmed the death, stating Peter, 43, was staying at Fanning’s Gold Coast home following his recent divorce.

Peter is the second of Fanning’s brothers to pass away. His younger brother Sean died in a car accident in 1998.

I am so grateful for the incredible love and well wishes that have come my way since learning of my eldest brother’s passing this morning. Like all my big brothers, Peter will always be a hero to me. I have so many great memories of the good times we have all spent together and they will be with me forever. We recently caught up and he told me how proud he was of me and how much he loves watching me compete. Today was one of the most challenging days of my life but I knew I could find the strength to take part in the final event of the season because that’s what Pete would want. I also want to give special thanks to my other brothers – my friends on tour – for their support, I couldn’t have got through today without them. I would ask for some privacy on this matter while we come to terms with this devastating loss. Big thanks from our entire family. Tell the special people in your life you love them and give them a hug.

A photo posted by Mick Fanning (@mfanno) on

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