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AFL legend Peter Matera is lucky to be alive after suffering a “serious” heart attack at the age of just 53.
The West Coast Eagles great was rushed to Bendigo Hospital in the Victoria region on Sunday, where doctors fitted two stents to his heart.
The two-time prime minister’s teammate, Brad Hardie, broke the news but said he was not fully aware of his condition.
Matera played 253 games for the Eagles between 1990 and 2002 and in 2005 he was named to the AFL’s Indigenous Team of the Century.
The five-time All-Australian winger also had the honor of receiving the Norm Smith Medal in 1992 for being the best on clay at the Grand Final.
He burst onto the football scene in 1989 after being selected at South Fremantle. At the end of his stellar career in 2002, he was considered the greatest of all time.
But ever since he hung up his boots, he has lived a ‘reclusive’ life in rural Victoria, mostly avoiding the spotlight.
“Nobody’s seen too much of it,” Hardie said.
He has been very reclusive since he stopped playing football and he likes it that way. That’s the way he likes to live his life.
Matera is the latest high-profile Australian athlete to suffer a heart attack this year.
Cricketers Shane Warne, 52, and Rod Marsh, 74, have died after going into cardiac arrest earlier this year.
Ryan Campbell, a former WA cricketer and coach of the Netherlands national team, also suffered a heart attack that nearly took his life.
The 50-year-old was put into an induced coma but made a full recovery in April.
Hardie said he was shocked by the recent spate of heart attacks and hoped Matera pulled through.
He is not an old man. There’s a lot of that going on right now… It’s very concerning,’ he said.
- West Coast Eagles great Peter Matera has suffered a ‘severe’ heart attack
- The AFL legend was rushed to hospital where doctors inserted two stents
- He is now recovering but the full extent of his condition remains unclear