St George Illawarra and Cronulla cult hero Lance Thompson has died aged 40 – sending shockwaves through the rugby league community.
It has been reported Thompson was found in his Cronulla unit on Thursday night by his 17-year-old daughter.
Police say the death was not suspicious and may have been a “medical incident”.
The red-headed forward debuted in 1995 and played 239 games for the Dragons and Sharks.
He also represented City Origin on five occasions.
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
Terribly sad news of Lance Thompson’s passing. Had a beer with him last Thursday. My god! RIP Thommo. Thoughts with his family and friends— Darryl Brohman (@therealbigmarn) August 23, 2018
The Lance Thompson news is so shit. Feel really sorry for his daughter who found him.— Curtis Woodward (@woodward_curtis) August 23, 2018
Moley has a tear in his eye…— The Mole (@9_Moley) August 23, 2018
RIP Lance Thompson.
RIP Lance Thompson.— Andy Raymond (@Andy_Raymond) August 23, 2018
The type of guy that was more worried about others coping than himself… this one hurts.
Love you Red ❤️
Prayers for the Family and Friends of Lance Thompson. Very sad.— Joel Caine (@JoelCaine) August 23, 2018
What a talent he was! The best 16yo player according to recruitment doyen Peter O’Sullivan.
Within 3 months he went from playing @NRL_Dragons U’17s to First Grade with honours