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Grant Cook dies after collapse following tackle in rugby league match in Murwillumbah

ABC News ABC News 12/09/2016
Colleen Cook has paid tribute to her husband Grant on Facebook. © Facebook/Grant Cook Colleen Cook has paid tribute to her husband Grant on Facebook.

A Gold Coast man has died in hospital after he collapsed during a rugby league game in northern New South Wales.

Grant Cook, from Coolangatta, was playing at home for the Murwillumbah Mustangs in a preliminary final against Casino Cougars on Sunday afternoon when he collapsed after being tackled just before half-time.

The 28-year-old father of two was flown to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

He died overnight. Mr Cook's wife Colleen has paid tribute to her husband on Facebook.

"My beautiful husband Grant is now an angel watching over us," she said. "Life can be so cruel. He has left a huge hole in my heart and I know all family, especially his parents, are hurting trying to understand this tragedy.

Ms Cook said her husband helped many in his life and loved unconditionally. "He actually taught me many things. And held me together in my darkest days," she said.

"He had the most beautiful blue eyes which both our children were blessed genetically with so that's comforting I will see him in our children daily.

"My worries would always disappear with his presence, his beautiful smile and his kind words on how it will all be OK."

She said he achieved much in his life.

"God took another good one away from us. He must have his reasons. But it doesn't lessen my grief," she said.

"You died doing something you loved so passionately, and I guess that's how I have to look at it. You finally got to wear that number 6 jersey before the season was out too.

"I always did say I would love you forever and a day. And you know I will."

It is with a very heavy heart that we wake up with today hearing the news of the passing of Grant Cook. Grant has been a...

Posted by Mullumbimby Giants Rugby League on Sunday, 11 September 2016

Counselling arranged for players

Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) and Country Rugby League representatives will meet today to determine if there will be a rematch of the preliminary final between Murwillumbah and Casino.

NRRRL president Brian Rix said Mr Cook required CPR on the side of the field after going "into some sort of fit or convulsion".

"They had to do CPR on him, he did stop breathing for a while and they revived him, then the ambulance turned up," he said.

"Just before half-time he actually came from the field, they continued to play because there was only a bit over a minute left in the half and there was no indication it was anything major on the sideline at that stage.

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