‘Lit up every room’: Former AFL player Cameron McCarthy’s family pay tribute after his shock death

Jake Santa Maria
The Nightly
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Cam McCarthy’s family have paid tribute after his passing.
Cam McCarthy’s family have paid tribute after his passing. Credit: RICHARD WAINWRIGHT/AAPIMAGE

The family of former Walyalup (Fremantle) player Cameron McCarthy have penned an emotional tribute to their son and brother, saying their lives will never be the same after his tragic death last week.

McCarthy was found dead at the age of just 29 in Lake Coogee on Thursday evening, sending shockwaves through the Western Australian and the wider football community.

His family have now placed a death notice in The West Australian, an emotional goodbye to the man they say “lit up every room”

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“Our beautiful son and brother Cameron,” they wrote.

“It is with a heavy heart that we’ve had to say goodbye for now. A huge hole now exists in our lives. It will never be the same without you.

“Through the ups and downs, we all rode with you, and you knew that we loved you so much.

“You lit up every room with that gorgeous smile, and we will cherish our memories with you forever. Until we meet again. Rest peacefully.”

Barrass said McCarthy would be sorely missed.
Barrass said McCarthy would be sorely missed. Credit: instagram

Their tribute follows an emotional post from Waalitj Marawar (West Coast) defender Tom Barrass who took to Instagram to express his sorrow at the loss.

“Last week, this earth lost a beautiful man named Cameron McCarthy. A man who wasn’t concerned with money or power, instead creativity and experience. A man who approached all things with energy and excitement, as if viewing them for the first time,” he posted.

“I’m gonna miss you Universal Brother. Say Gday to the big fella for me and put in a good word, please. Rest in Peace.”

The effect McCarthy had on the people he met was clear to see in emotional scenes prior to Walyalup’s clash with Sydney with coach Justin Longmuir urging the AFLPA to do more to support past players.

“Cam’s situation should bring it to the forefront and more discussions should be had to see if we can improve,” Longmuir said.

“The discussion should be around how we can get those past players using those services and making sure their wellbeing and health post-footy remains really vibrant.

“We can do more. Absolutely.”

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