condolences to his family and friends.it’s going to take a very long time for them to heal.
i’m thinking he had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy,the reason i say this is because close friends of ours lost their 14 year old last year.
he also was a gentle giant at 14 6’4" and 215 lbs.
it is believed to exist in 1 out of every 500 and approximately one case of sudden cardiac death occurs every three days in organized youth sports across the United States.
i’m not sure what the rate is in australia.
since we started doing screenings 4 showed abnormalities and another friend of ours was screened last week and found a hole in her heart and goes in for surgery next week.
for parents out there check out what an Echocardiogram Ultrasounds and Electrocardiograms would cost for your child.they are not usually covered by insurance over here,so the foundation was set up to help.not sure what you have to go through in australia for tests.
sorry to hijack the thread but this is a subject i feel needs to be highlighted more.
with each child that is diagnosed through the living4burke foundation,it has helped his family heal.
i hope the same can happen for the Fotuaika family if this was in fact the cause of his death .
Thank you for sharing that. it’s so sad. 1 in 500. We love you Mosese. You are now & forever black white & gold. You are a tiger. Thank you for sharing your short life with us.
Official Media release courtesy of WT website, WT FB and WT member email:
It is with great sadness that Wests Tigers acknowledge the passing of Mosese Fotuaika.
Mosese was a member of the Wests Tigers 2012 NYC Premiership winning side and graduated to the NRL squad this year.
“He was a player of great potential and a very popular and respected member of our Club,’’ said Wests Tigers CEO Stephen Humphreys.
“We are all deeply shocked and devastated by the news of his death. I have been in regular contact with his family and partner and are providing them with all of the comfort and support we can in this most difficult time. We have ensured they have had adequate time to contact family members before making an official statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
“Our players and staff have met together this morning to support each other. With the assistance of the NRL, we have begun to provide professional counselling as they try to come to terms with what has happened.
“We request everyone to respect the sensitive nature of this situation and the privacy of all concerned.”
Speaking on behalf of his team-mates, Wests Tigers Captain Robbie Farah said the playing group were shattered by what has happened.
“Mosese had a great future ahead of him and we will miss him dearly.
“We are a very close knit Club and will stick together and support each other during this tough time.”
Media note: Pronunciation of Mosese Fotuaika……Mor-sess-seh Foh-too-ay-kah.
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Im not sure whether it is appropriate to say but Mosese commited suicide the only reason I would make it public is to stress the importance of caring for our own and others mental health. I think young players of any sport are put under too much pressure and it is vital that we strive to care for all professional sportsmen’s mental health as much as their physical health.
still cant believe it the under 20s boys must be doing it tough at the moment.
They sure are! They’re absolutely shattered!
Rest in peace Mosese, our thoughts and condolences go out to your family and friends and your Wests Tigers family! Arohanui xx
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