ONE of rugby league’s most loved characters, Tommy Raudonikis, has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.
The former NSW and Australian champion reportedly died in a Gold Coast hospital on Wednesday morning.
The 70-year-old had been battling throat cancer after previously fighting testicular cancer after suffering a quadruple heart surgery.
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It’s believed he was with his wife, Trish Brown, when he passed away this morning.
The pair had been living on the Gold Coast for a number of years.
Raudonikis played 24 matches for NSW and 20 Tests for Australia. He also played at halfback for both Wests and Newtown, suiting up for the Jets in the 1981 grand final.
VALE Tommy Raudonikis 🏴🏳 Magpie #655@westsmagpies are saddened to learn of the passing of much loved Magpie Tommy Raudonikis
As both player & coach, Tommy has been at the heart & Soul of the Magpies and their supporters for 50 years.
Our thoughts are with Tommy’s family. pic.twitter.com/dpuRlbnzC3
— Wests Magpies (@westsmagpies) April 6, 2021
The Newtown Jets are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of former grand final captain Tommy Raudonikis.
Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/YO0f49JbdN
— Newtown Jets (@newtownrlfc) April 6, 2021