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Sky News is reporting that former West Coast Eagle Chris Mainwaring has died. No further details.


Former West Coast Eagles premiership player Chris Mainwaring died suddenly in Perth today. Mainwaring, 41, was rushed to hospital by ambulance at midnight after collapsing at home.

UPDATE II. This is weird:

The dual AFL Premiership player died after being rushed from his Cottesloe home to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in the early hours of this morning.

Police say officers had been called to Haining Avenue about 11.30pm after complaints Mainwaring had been yelling in the street.

When police arrived, he was calm and refused treatment from St John Ambulance.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/30/2007 at 09:29 PM
    1. Bugger, seemed like a nice enough bloke. Hope no drugs involved though.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 30 at 10:47 PM • permalink


    1. Great player, shame he’s passed away 🙁

      Posted by Scott W on 2007 09 30 at 10:49 PM • permalink


    1. Hopefully, not the same fate as Rugby great (with a brain, FFS!) Peter Jackson

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 09 30 at 11:08 PM • permalink


    1. Tim, do you like your AFL page?

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 09 30 at 11:18 PM • permalink


    1. Came online to see if there was more info on Mainwaring after being told of his death by my ex, who pointed out that a few weeks back I had commented on his strange onscreen delivery of the sports—he looked tired, his eyes were droopy, he blinked a lot but very slowly and his delivery was quite slow, even robotic. In short, he just didn’t look right. Maybe it’s coincidental.

      Posted by J F Beck on 2007 09 30 at 11:31 PM • permalink


    1. A great player, certainly. Sympathies to his family and friends.

      Posted by Jack Lacton on 2007 09 30 at 11:34 PM • permalink


    1. Must be the day for it BBC is reporting that
      Lois Maxwell has died.

      Posted by surfmaster on 2007 09 30 at 11:44 PM • permalink


    1. #5 A stroke or seizure perhaps?

      #7 Lois was one of my favourite supporting players. Another credit not mentioned was as the voice of Atlanta in the early 1960s Gerry Anderson series Stingray.

      — Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2007 10 01 at 12:24 AM • permalink


    1. Sympathies to his family and friends.

      At 41… that seems so terribly young, even to me.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 10 01 at 12:25 AM • permalink


    1. OT:

      Headline: “Slip-ups leave Rudd vulnerable to attack”

      Yet the first 405 words of the article detail all the allegedly underhand methods the Government has employed to give itself the advantage.

      Only the last 270 words even mention ‘slip ups’ from Rudd…

      Posted by Baron on 2007 10 01 at 12:42 AM • permalink


    1. O/D then a drug related heart seizure later is what has been said.

      Posted by Anthony_ on 2007 10 01 at 12:43 AM • permalink


    1. #11 Anthony_

      That’s quite possible, but I’ve (personally) witnessed similar irrational behavior and seizures as the result of a brain tumor. J F Beck’s comment #5 has me wondering if it might be the case here.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 10 01 at 01:15 AM • permalink


    1. My first thought was a stroke.

      That is bye the bye, however, and my condolences and prayers are with his friends and family.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 10 01 at 01:18 AM • permalink


    1. A very sad day. Mainy always seemed a reasonable bloke even if he did play for the team down the road. Even diehard Dockers fans are in a bit of shock about it. Condolences to his wife and young kids.

      Posted by Dylan Kissane on 2007 10 01 at 01:29 AM • permalink


    1. #10
      With the footy finals over, there remains one key contest before Christmas – the federal election.Wot about the upcoming Bathurst 1000, an international event, ya fairy?!

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 01 at 01:36 AM • permalink


    1. Egg, Peter Jackson was a Leaguie not a Rugby player. Good player all the same and a tragic early death.
      And while I know nothing about Mainwaring its sad to hear of a bloke dying so young.

      Posted by Harold on 2007 10 01 at 01:38 AM • permalink


    1. Everyone here in Perth – probably all of WA – is numb with shock. Such a great bloke, on and off the field.

      Of course, there is a great deal of speculation as to cause, it’s only natural when we are in a state of shock and disbelief, but let’s leave that to the coroner and police to sort out.  We have lost a man who was a true blue champion in every sense of the word.

      Vale, Chris.

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 10 01 at 01:47 AM • permalink


    1. #16 Harold
      If you check the wiki link, like many, he played both codes; agreed, a great bloke all round, shame.
      Had enough ‘class’ to commentate on Auntie back in the days when she screened the Saturday footy, pre-Foxtel.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 01 at 01:54 AM • permalink


    1. Sad news about Chris and Lois.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 10 01 at 01:55 AM • permalink


    1. He was a Leaguie Egg. Like many Leaguies (eg Wally Lewis, Craig Wing) he played some Rugby as a schoolboy including rep sides but he was very much a died in the wool mungo.
      My understanding is that, while he died from an overdose, his problems were basically related to long term mental illness. A sad story.
      Vaguely remember him on the ABC with Warren Boland? and others.

      Posted by Harold on 2007 10 01 at 02:15 AM • permalink


    1. Ashy, it is. He didn’t choose to take his own life, god wanted him last night. I still want to die. Dminor, did you read up on RNSH? Med news?

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 10 01 at 02:28 AM • permalink


    1. #20 Harold
      Agreed again.
      Apologise in not being specific with the code, meant Rugby (League/Union) as a distinction from AFL, so apologies for any confusion as his main code of ‘Union’.
      From the wiki link, the cause of Jacko’s probs was said to having been abused sexually by his ‘football coach’ as a fifteen year old, which I recall from the time.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 01 at 02:31 AM • permalink


    1. #15 Egg,

      Well it is the SMH. Had it been elections in East Timor or the Festival of the winds at Bondi and they’d be salivating

      Posted by Nic on 2007 10 01 at 02:35 AM • permalink


    1. Police say officers had been called to Haining Avenue about 11.30pm after complaints Mainwaring had been yelling in the street.

      There would have been a far worse, ugly scene in Bondi Junction last night had Collingwood won.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 10 01 at 02:37 AM • permalink


    1. No worries Egg. Its common for those dreadful non-believers from the lesser states to not understand that there is a difference between Rugby Union and Rugby League and that the term Rugby means specifically Rugby Union.
      Now, having gotten all picky about a minor issue I’ll get out of the way.

      Posted by Harold on 2007 10 01 at 03:40 AM • permalink


    1. Channel 9 Sydney just reported “suspected drug overdose”

      Posted by Bruno on 2007 10 01 at 04:10 AM • permalink


    1. #15 Re other sporting codes
      For Spiny et al:
      The Oz Bathurst 1000, our main motor sports event, is upcoming next weekend.
      The main event on the V8 Supercars (international) calendar
      2006 pole lap & in-car videos.
      IIRC specs: 5.0L V8 c. 650bhp @ c. 8000rpm, geared for c. 300km/h on the main straight.
      [US stock car sourced engines, not Oz road car engines (that are greater than 5.0L displacement)].#25 harold
      No worries, often picked up for generalising/sloppiness – the hazards of the interweb 🙂

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 01 at 04:20 AM • permalink


    1. It’s just been reported on the east coast that they suspect drugs are involved.

      What’s going on in Perth these days?  I still am fuming about Ben Cousin’s “gladiator-like” return to the game, when the Eagles played the Sydney Swans at Subiaco and Cousins was cheered as if he was a hero as he slipped the blanket off his shoulders and strutted onto the “arena”!

      He was not.  He was a drug user.  The Eagles won the Grand Final in 2006 when he was using drugs.  And he still hasn’t apologised or even expressed any real regret!

      Posted by ann j on 2007 10 01 at 04:31 AM • permalink


    1. #15 & 23
      You don’t mean the Gaia Raping Motor Racing. Woohoo. It should rate a mention, being such an un-green event.

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 01 at 04:40 AM • permalink


    1. The former Number 3 for the West Coast Eagles was a hero to a generation of kids, a dual premiership player, a champion mid-fielder, good at the media sports gig, and an all round good bloke.
      Everyone who ever met him liked him.What a bloody shame. 41 is way too young to go.

      Farewell, Chris. This town is in shock tonight.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 10 01 at 04:43 AM • permalink


    1. #29 hehe
      Juz make the pace car a F1-Honda-like-Gaia-clad Prius, and hey presto: ‘clean oil’ 🙂

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 01 at 05:09 AM • permalink


    1. #31
      Put a Prius in front and they’ll all run up it’s arse. (While it’s deciding to take off.)Would make for an interesting dodgem race, but.

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 01 at 05:23 AM • permalink


    1. Egg, I liked Bathurst much better years ago when it had the wide range of ordinary street cars in it.

      Minis, toranas, etc.
      I prius wouldn’t have been out of place there.
      Coming last, yeah, but not out of place.

      And we could have all laughed our arses off at it.

      It’d be the “Clown Car”.

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 01 at 05:25 AM • permalink


    1. #34, SNAP Kae,

      himself and I were just discussing Bathurst last night about how no one takes any notice of it any more because it’s no longer done by street cars.

      Damn!, that used to be one hell of a weekend!!

      Shame about the Bike races also. That was a case of a bunch of morons ruining it for everyone else.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 10 01 at 05:31 AM • permalink


    1. #33 & #34 kae & pog
      Highlights video
      Lurved Kevin Bartlett’s Camaro (c. 2:15 mark) … if only it had better brakes – suffered constant overheating and paid the price in an endurance race.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 01 at 05:51 AM • permalink


    1. I was at Bathurst in 1986 – not quite the same, but it was an amazing experience. I think it’s a pilgrimage that all motor racing fans must make.

      Pog, you’re a petrolhead – and not in the closet, either!

      And I know egg’s a petrolhead. You just love nice, fast, powerful cars.

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 01 at 05:56 AM • permalink


    1. How very very sad.
      It sounds very much what is termed an ‘Acute brain syndrome,causes may be may including Haemorrhage, embolism, tumour or even severe electrolyte imbalance.
      No use speculating, but sincere condolences to his grieving family

      Posted by Hillyminx on 2007 10 01 at 06:18 AM • permalink


    1. #33
      It’d be the “Clown Car”
      That could be Toni Collette, Kate Blanchett, et al driving Prius’ in the cluebat celebrity race

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 01 at 06:22 AM • permalink


    1. The world lost another charming creature recently, also (reportedly the next smartest creatures after the primates, despite a relatively small brain).

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 01 at 06:27 AM • permalink


    1. #38
      No. They’d wanna be in the “real” race.#37
      I thought with the strange behaviour of Mainwaring prior to his death it may have been a brain injury or some kind of aneurism – but if he has been known to take drugs…. Ice will do that to people.

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 01 at 06:28 AM • permalink


    1. O/T
      Is anyone out there playing the smallest violin in the world while they listen to poor Haneef’s story on our ABstinkingC’s Four Corners?I heard the promos.
      Poor Haneef is sitting home doing nothing, living of his fast diminishing savings, waiting for the Australian Government to allow him to come back to Australia and work.
      Now, what’s his problem? He reckons he was framed by the Australian Government. He reckons it was a conspiracy. Why does he want to come back here?
      Tell me, are there too many doctors in India that he can’t get a job there?
      Surely if he’s thinking to sue for loss of income or whatever it’s going to be hard if he’s sitting around on his arse waiting to come back to Aus instead of working in India as a doctor?
      Will someone shut that bloody violin up.
      If anyone watches it could you let me know what it’s like. I don’t want to be billious tonight.

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 01 at 06:42 AM • permalink


    1. kae – I saw the excerpt on the news, and that was enough for me.  He finally admitted a “small” part of the reason for fleeing was the sim card.  If it was SOOOOO minor, and SOOOOOO insignificant (as the media put it), why would it play any part at all?

      The media spin and the pathetic DPP totally screwed up a fairly simple case and made out the govt and feds to be ogers.

      Well I for one am delighted he is out of the country, along with his flatmate with the fake reference machine.

      Posted by peter m on 2007 10 01 at 07:16 AM • permalink


    1. Yeah, peter m, good riddance.

      The other one was shonky, too, and shouldn’t come back.
      But his medical credentials are fine. Wouldn’t one expect a doctor to be without blemish in the forging document department?

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 01 at 07:28 AM • permalink


    1. #43.  Somehow, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Dr. Haneef.  Or his flatmate for that matter.

      If Labor does get in, they’ll be welcomed back with rose petals scattered by dancing houris. And lots of media exposure, with Our ABC leading the charge.

      Oh, and a nice sum in compensation.

      Paid for by we poor fools.

      Posted by ann j on 2007 10 01 at 07:50 AM • permalink


    1. noooooo ann j

      don’t say it!

      JWH is going to get in, and this will never happen.

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 01 at 08:03 AM • permalink


    1. kae #41,

      Yes, there are too many doctors on the subcontinent, that’s why they borrow money from relatives to get themselves to western nations and then need to repay their loans at exhorbitant rates of interest, or paying in favours.

      That was Haneef’s problem. The cousins’ families apparently were among the creditors.

      India, Pakistan, Bangladesh pump them out at a huge rate, but there aren’t enough paying customers in the homelands, so it’s off to the West on the back of a loan.

      We’ve had a few Dr Deaths here lately, and I believe I saved the spouse from one recently who proposed a procedure that I nixed.

      Haneef wants to get his visa back not to work in Australia (because he knows nobody will be his patient) but because with a cancelled Australian visa no other country will provide him with a new one, especially USA, Canada, NZ and particularly not the UK.

      And it’s worth big bucks to the lawyers throough free media publicity and potential compensation.

      Call me a cynic, but…

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 10 01 at 08:17 AM • permalink


    1. Sorry to hear about Mainwaring. Death is always a sad thing, and never more so when it stikes so unexpectedly. RIP.

      Posted by paco on 2007 10 01 at 08:17 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, I see, MareeS

      Hmm, when I read your comment I realised his cunning plan.

      The violins stopped ages ago.

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 01 at 08:22 AM • permalink


    1. It’s the way things work, kae. Skills for sale. The marketplace. Medical and engineering degrees that are pumped out and can be used in the west are now a commodity that supports entire families back in the old country.

      English language is a commodity. Filippina nursing skills anywhere are a valuable commodity. Indonesian nannies in the Middle East are a commodity. Blonde Estonian girls anywhere are a commodity. It’s horrible to think, but there’s always a market for people who have limited choices and lots of responsibilities, and something to sell.

      I don’t wish Haneef ill, but I won’t be one of his future customers.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 10 01 at 09:03 AM • permalink


    1. Another death in Australia, although, I believe, she was born in Canada.

      Posted by paco on 2007 10 01 at 09:08 AM • permalink


    1. Blonde Estonian girls anywhere are a commodity

      Beats Pork bellies and OJ.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 10 01 at 09:18 AM • permalink


    1. MareeS, surely there’s work there for them, it’s just that it doesn’t pay very well, or at all, because so many people are living in poverty already.

      Foreign workers in the Middle East, particularly Philippina and Indonesian, are treated like slaves, but paid well enough to support an extended family back home.

      Back to foreign hospitals, some time ago I remember seeing a programme on, it might have been Compass or some regular programme like that, Donka Hospital in the Republic of Guinea – it’s their largest public hospital. Usually patients arrive near death after travelling a very long way and leaving it until very late to be brought in for medical care. They must buy their own medication, bandages, food, etc. Their family must nurse them, if they don’t they can die quickly. Operations cost a lot of money and they must pay for everything used. They recycle many disposable items.

      Sure, our health system sucks and could do with some work, but we’re bloody lucky that we aren’t there, in that situation.

      A colleague at work who is Indian had his mother die in an Indian hospital of infection after an injury. It took her a long time to die – she had good medical care, too. She was injured when a neighbour lopped a tree branch which fell on her and badly fractured her ankle or lower leg.

      This chap also believes, and his son-in-law is a forensic psychologist, that Dr Patel has a mental disease. Quite possible judging from what I’ve read of the transcripts of the Bundaberg Hospital Inquiry.

      Our health system is bad, but not nearly as bad as many others, I don’t know how to fix it, it needs more than one fix, it does need something.

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 01 at 09:19 AM • permalink


    1. #51

      Isn’t he in prison yet?

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 01 at 09:21 AM • permalink


    1. Kae,

      The truly rotten part of 3rd world education is that degrees of any value are obtained not merely at a price, but under obligation, like a pawnbroker’s loan, except the loan is from the extended family. Medical, engineering, ITdegrees are prestigious and reflect well on the family group, which is why they are sought, but money is often paid not for tuition but for the student to obtain the degree. And then it must be repaid, so working in the west and repaying under the required terms is what happens. Haneef owed considerable money to an uncle.

      Think about what has been revealed about full fee paying asian students in some Australian universities and the way some degrees have been fudged.

      It happens more than you would think.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 10 01 at 09:43 AM • permalink


    1. #53 Only a matter of time Kae.

      I suppose that once you get away with murder, you think you’re completely invincible so you’re not afraid to behave however you please, regardless of who you hurt.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 10 01 at 09:46 AM • permalink


    1. #55

      what has been revealed about… Australian universities and the way some degrees have been fudged

      Dumbing down to provide a commodity, it’s a business, not a place of learning. Clients, not students who contract the institution to obtain a degree. Always cover your arse and that of the institution. (The answer here is not to entice or force people to stay at school and then go to University.)

      I’m sure it happens everywhere. Not necessarily where I am, though you hear about it elsewhere.

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 01 at 09:58 AM • permalink


    1. I belatedly pay my sincere condolences to Chris Mainwaring’s family and frends.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 10 01 at 10:04 AM • permalink


    1. “The truly rotten part of 3rd world education is that degrees of any value are obtained not merely at a price, but under obligation, like a pawnbroker’s loan, except the loan is from the extended family.”

      Exactly the way the refugee “industry” worked as well before JWH and Ruddock stopped the “full fee paying reffos” lurk though Indonesia.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 10 01 at 10:06 AM • permalink



    1. tfm,

      How do people not know how these industries work?

      I mean, if you know how to run a business, you know how to make a profit. I could do all of that arranging if I was sufficiently amoral. 1+1=2 and another 5 for the middle man (which would be me). But I never would. That’s when you go to the gatehouse at Dachau and think it’s OK.

      But people do it, and earn good money for it, and traffic people and hold their families under threat even if the one in the west is a doctor.

      That’s why the trade in subcontintental and middle-east doctors is insidious.I realise I’m overgeneralising here, but there are many people who aren’t in the west to improve their skills or living standards, or for humanitarian purposes, only to support families and repay loans, not necessarily in that order.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 10 01 at 10:38 AM • permalink


    1. Does anyone have further details on the man who apparently walked into the US Embassy in Vienna, Austria, with a backpack full of explosives and Islamic readings, and failed to detonate?

      I merely heard it on Sky News, which isn’t all that accurate.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 10 01 at 10:59 AM • permalink


    1. #61
      Premature evacuation?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 01 at 11:05 AM • permalink


    1. #62 Stop making me laugh Egg!!! You’ll make me wake the baby!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 10 01 at 11:11 AM • permalink


    1. Things ain’t looking good.

      Posted by J F Beck on 2007 10 01 at 01:46 PM • permalink


    1. 50
      Paco I have a photo of myself in the 60s when I was young and pretty wearing almost same style dress and pearl(fake) necklace.
      Even the Muslims could not take offence ,could they?
      Along with Shirley Jones, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Deborah Kerr, Kay Kendall, Lois Maxwell was someone who’s looks my generation spent a zillion hours in front of the mirror and agonising hours sleeping in big curlers In attempting to emulate that look and trap/vamp an unsuspecting Paco!
      I remember a very charming Indian Dr in London-he was very very keen & with whom I went out a couple of times. He was Moslem but in those days there was none of the radicalism that now abounds, however it was pointed out that not only as a student nurse should I not be seen fraternising with young medical officers, but that it would not be good for my career prospects and continued training if I was ‘heh mm’ seen out with a coloured man.Other girls were sacked during that time for not paying attention or getting pregnant- to white or coloured men,such a disgrace to the hospital’s reputation!

      Posted by Hillyminx on 2007 10 01 at 11:00 PM • permalink


  1. This is sad news. He was a happy man and gave many of us good memories. Let’s remember the good things he did and respect him for the man he was. I created an online condolence register for him here. Feel free to add to it. Respectance“ target=”_blank” >

    Posted by richard020 on 2007 10 03 at 08:53 PM • permalink