Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Community Shattered; Father and Footballer's Shock Death

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Community Shattered; Father and Footballer's Shock Death

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SCOTT

SAWYER

scott.sawyer@scnews.com.au

SUNSHINE Coast, greater Queensland and Victorian communities are reeling after the shock death of a much-loved father and talented Aussie Rules footballer.

Maroochydore Roos teammates were advised on Monday of the sudden death of 39-year-old Brent Forsyth.

Mr Forsyth is believed to have taken his own life on Sunday night or early Monday morning.

His death has rocked the footballing and wider communities and tributes have poured in for a man known for his upbeat positivity, supreme fitness and an ability to talk to anyone.

Mr Forsyth's close mate of the past 10 years, Maroochydore Roos colts coach Phil Birchmore, said the football journeyman moved to the Sunshine Coast about 4-5 years ago.

He said his mate was

an "amazing dad" who shifted north from Victoria to live closer to his young daughter.

"He always had her (daughter) by his side when it was his turn to look after her," Mr Birchmore said.

"He was really enjoying life. Everything was going so well.

"He was gearing up for the next phase of his life. It's just unbelievable to be honest."

Maroochydore Roos president Matt Bury spoke of Mr Forsyth, affectionately known as 'Bluey', and his selflessness, as he dedicated so much of his time to developing junior footballers.

"He was a very, very talented footballer," Mr Bury said.

"It's a real devastating loss.

"He was a fine man and very giving of his time."

Mr Bury said he'd only spoken with Mr Forsyth on Saturday afternoon and 'Bluey' was discussing his plans for the future, upbeat.

"He was always smiling, always positive," Mr Bury said.

He described Mr Forsyth's death as a "real wake-up call for men in general" as national suicide prevention R U OK? Day approaches this week.

Mr Bury said the message of checking in with a mate, be it over a barbecue or a beer, had never been more relevant to his club than right now.

Footballers gathered at the Maroochydore Roos clubhouse last night to console each other after learning of Mr Forsyth's death. …

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