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Kyle Turner dead at 31, Cause of Death

BY Salman Ahmed Aug 19, 2023. 02:51 pm UPDATED: Aug 19, 2023. 02:51 pm

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A STAR Australian Rugby League player who helped South Sydney win its first title in 43 years died suddenly at the age of 31. Kyle Turner, a father of three, died Friday, and condolences are pouring in for the much-loved Rugby League player.

The popular player was described as a “gentle giant” with a “infectious smile.”

Turner represented the Indigenous All Stars and played over 130 games for the South Sydney Club.

Turner sustained six concussions in his first year, causing alarm and contributing to the development of the Head Injury Assessment criteria.

After missing time due to another concussion, he was named Burrow Player of the Year by fans in 2016.

The CEO of Rabbitohs, Blake Solly, said: “Kyle was an amazing human being.

“He epitomised the country boy – a tough, uncompromising player on the field, yet a lovely, generous man off the field.

“Over his nine years with our club he contributed a lot of time to [Rabbitohs charity arm] Souths Cares and was very popular amongst his teammates, colleagues, our members and supporters alike.

“We offer our full support to his family and friends at this very difficult time, and he will always be remembered at our club as a man that delivered a premiership to the Rabbitohs, but also a man that connected deeply with his communities.

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“We will hold him close to our hearts for the rest of this season and in the years to come. Vale Kyle Turner.”

Teammates affectionately nicknamed Turner “Big Dog” for his fearless defence plays.

Former teammate Thomas Burgess said: “Absolutely tragic. Lost for words when I heard the news. RIP Big Dog.

“Will always be a truly loved Rabbitoh and in all our hearts.

“The whole RL community are for his friends and family.’’

Turner joined the Rabbitohs in 2011 and won the club’s under-20s player of the year.

Turner retired in 2020 where he worked as a physical education teacher, before returning to the sport in 2021.

His team plans to wear black arm bands to honour, and are retiring his jersey.

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