Coroner calls for brain research following former AFL player Danny Frawley’s death

  • Victorian coroner Paresa Spanos says research could save lives
  • Report encourages players to donate brains after death

A Victorian coroner is calling for more research into the long-term effects of head knocks in sport, in a report detailing the extent of former AFL player Danny Frawley’s mental health decline in the years and days before the St Kilda great took his own life.

Handing down her findings into Frawley’s death on Tuesday, coroner Paresa Spanos confirmed a post-mortem analysis of the former Richmond coach’s brain found he had low-stage chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head.

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