Former NRL Star Lance Thompson Found Dead In His Home
IT’S being reported this morning that former St George and Cronulla player Lance Thompson has been found dead at his Cronulla unit.
The cause of death is unknown at this stage but police say his death is not being treated as suspicious.
The 40-year-old played over 200 first grade games, most for the Dragons, before retiring at the end of the 2008 NRL season.
Twitter was flooded with tributes to Thompson, who was a much-loved member of the rugby league community.
Australian Rugby League Commission chair Peter Beattie said Thompson's death was a great loss to the sport.
"A very sad day for rugby league with the passing of NRL star Lance Thompson," Beattie tweeted.
"A much-loved member of the rugby league community. Condolences to his family."
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I am absolutely numb at the news of Lance Thompson passing away.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 dont need to have won GF's or played for your country to be a champion.— Andrew Voss (@AndrewVossy) 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
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
Very sad news this morning with the passing of Lance Thompson. A true champion of the game. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/RBtlP55BTQ— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) August 23, 2018