Death – Harley Balic dead aged 25, former Fremantle and Melbourne player

Death – Obituary

Former Fremantle and Melbourne midfielder Harley Balic has died, aged 25.

Balic, who was drafted to the AFL out of the Sandringham Dragons, passed away on Sunday morning.

A Victoria Police statement provided to Leader Newspapers said a report for the coroner would be prepared and the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Balic was drafted by the Dockers with Pick 38 in the 2015 national draft and played four games for the club in two seasons.

Harley Balic celebrating his first AFL goal in April 2017. Picture: Adam TraffordSource: Getty Images

He was then traded to the Demons for Pick 65 in the 2017 trade period, but announced his sudden retirement after one year on Melbourne’s list as he no longer had the passion to play the game.

Harley Bennell, who was at the Dockers during Balic’s two seasons with the club, posted an image to his Instagram account of him, Balic and former Docker Shane Yarran, who passed away in April 2018, with the caption: “Rest easy my 2 brothers.”

Bennell also uploaded an Instagram story with another image that included him and Balic, along with the caption: “RIP my little HB … I’ll always love you little brother.”

Harley Bennell paid tribute to former teammate Harley Balic (far right) via his Instagram account.Source: Instagram

When announcing his AFL retirement in August 2018, Balic said it was “an easy decision in the end”.

“It’s something I’m not going to regret and I’m very appreciative to Melbourne for letting me come to the club for a second chance,” Balic said.

“I’ve always loved football, but my heart’s not in it and everything ends up being a grind and I think it’s just the right thing to do.

“The (club’s) VFL and AFL (teams) are both going to be successful this year and it’s something I’d love to be a part of, if I loved it, but unfortunately I don’t and it’s time to go out into the real world and see what else is out there for me.”

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.