Stynes to receive state funeral

Tue, Mar 20, 2012, 00:00

Jim Stynes will be honoured with a state funeral following his death from cancer at the age of just 45. Stynes died this morning in Australia after a lengthy battle with cancer and the Dubliner’s family have accepted the offer of a state funeral in his adopted home of Melbourne.

Tributes have flooded in for the Melbourne Demons legend, the first non-Australian to be awarded the Australian Football League’s Brownlow Medal. Stynes passed away at home with his wife, Sam, and two young children, Matisse and Tiernan, at his bedside.

"In his final days, Jim was immersed with insurmountable love and tenderness surrounded by his family and some close friends in the comfort of his own home," his wife said in a statement posted on Facebook. "Not surprisingly, in his last week of life Jim continued to defy the odds and lived his life to the fullest.”

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