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Game in mourning following passing of “exceptional young man” Mitch Cronin

He was found unresponsive in his parents’ swimming pool on Friday night. The sport of Rugby League is in mourning following the death of Mitch Cronin on Friday night. Th 27-year-old former Canberra Raiders player, …

He was found unresponsive in his parents’ swimming pool on Friday night.

The sport of Rugby League is in mourning following the death of Mitch Cronin on Friday night.

Th 27-year-old former Canberra Raiders player, who most recently captained the Wynnum Manly Sea Eagles, was found unresponsive in the swimming pool at his parents’ house after he had completed a weights session.

An autopsy will be completed, with Cronin reportedly suffering a suspected heart attack.

Seagulls chief executive Hanan Laban said: “Mitch was an exceptional young man who was loved and respected by his teammates, his coaching staff, our supporters and the wider rugby league community.

“From the moment he arrived at Wynnum he embodied the values of the Seagulls through his positive attitude, strong work ethic, and deep care for his teammates and his club.

“He was a fantastic leader who was genuine, caring and selfless with his actions.

“Mitch was a quiet achiever with a humble nature, who did not need to say too much to be held with enormous respect by his peers.

“He was fearless on the field, yet kind and modest off it – Mitch is forever in our hearts.”

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