Country footy star Antonio Loiacono has tragically died following a collision in a South Australian AFL match aged just 20.
Antonio Loiacono was playing in the opening game of the season in Adelaide Hills for his A-grade team when he was injured on Saturday.
He was treated by specialist paramedics at Gumeracha Oval, 35km north-east of Adelaide, with his heart stopped for 30 minutes.
After being revived, he was then rushed via helicopter to the Royal Adelaide Hospital late on Saturday night, but tragically was declared brain dead at 3pm on Sunday.
Who was Antonio Loiacono?
Antonio Loiacono was a young South Australian footballer who passed away after on-field collision
He was 20 years old.
His social media pages show a young man with a zest for life, and a love for travel, music, mates and, of course, footy.
The talented utility represented SANFL club Norwood at under 18s level in 2019, and had also played for top Riverland Football League club Waikerie before moving to Hills powerhouse, Birdwood.
Birdwood said that while Loiacono had only been at the club a short time, he had made an immeasurable impact.
‘The BFNC would like to express our sincere condolences to Wendy, Sal, Jack and Allana and the extended family of Antonio Loiacono at this very difficult time,’ the club said in a statement on social media.
‘Antonio was only with our Club for a few months but his leadership and care for his new team will have a lasting impact.
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