Police officers were called early on Friday morning during a domestic dispute which left Phil Walsh, the coach of Australian Football League (AFL) team Adelaide Crows, murdered. His wife was hospitalised with non-life threatening injuries and his son was arrested following the incident.
“Police can confirm that the man murdered at Somerton Park in the early hours of the morning is Phil Walsh, coach of the Adelaide Crows,” a police statement said.
Although Walsh was treated at the scene paramedics were unable to save him.
“Ambulance crews treated a seriously injured 55-year-old man at the home but sadly he died at the scene. The man’s son, aged 26, has been arrested,” police said in a statement.
The Australian newspaper reported that Walsh’s son appeared at a bedside court hearing in a psychiatric ward over accusations of stabbing his father to death.
Superintendent Des Bray said the domestic incident started off with an argument which developed into both Walsh and wife receiving wounds. He added that the knife used in the murder had been found.
Bray also said that the son, who lived with his parents, was “arrested for murder and detained for a psychiatric assessment.”
Hundreds of Crows fans, as well as fans of other Australian football teams, crowded outside the Adelaide Football Club and left flowers, cards, jerseys and scarves in tribute to the 55-year-old, according to The Australian.
The club released a statement saying “The Adelaide Football Club is devastated at the sudden passing of senior coach Phil Walsh in the early hours of this morning.”
“On behalf of all members, the AFL Players’ Association offers its most deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh,” said the AFL Players’ Association.
The Australian Football League, which was first established in 1897, is one of the most popular and highly anticipated sports leagues in Australia.
There are exactly 18 teams competing in the league and it is currently in its 119th season.
Before turning to coaching Walsh played 122 games for Brisbane Bears, Collingwood and Richmond between 1983 and 1990.