Paul Green’s high school sweetheart has shared a heartbreaking tribute to the former rugby league coach after his tragic death rocked the NRL community.
The 49-year-old was found dead at his Brisbane home on Thursday morning, the day after his son’s ninth birthday. It is confirmed that he took his own life.
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Postal message Green called his friend and longtime manager George Mimis at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday to talk about his son’s birthday celebration.
The News Corp publication also reported that the football legend’s wife, Amanda, was unresponsive at home after returning from doing pilates at the gym.
Green’s death comes 11 months after he was sacked as Maroons head coach following last year’s State of Origin series loss to Queensland, which the Blues won 50-6.
Speaking on the Gold Coast 92.5 Triple M breakfast show, radio presenter Ali Plath fought back tears as she mourned the loss of her first love.
“My heart is broken today for his wife Amanda and his beautiful children and his parents and his four siblings.
“Paul and I went to high school together, he was my first love. You only get one first love.
“When I was in year 12, we were together for a year and then we broke up. I had children with (former partner) Mark and when that didn’t work out Paul and I got together.
“And then we were off-and-on, long-distance, really…coupled for nine years, so I think our family and friends were happier than we were when we finally broke up.
“Paul said to my two older children, Jessie and Jake, that when we all lived together in Sydney, I finally got up the courage to move them.
“I guess for him to swallow his pride and take my kids under his wing, I didn’t appreciate how big that was at the time. It is a big responsibility to take on someone else’s family.
“Paul was very honest, highly intelligent – even though I told him I was smarter than him. When I was in year 12, he was two years older than me and he used to scold me for not doing my schoolwork.
“He had a great sense of humor and was very talented. If Paul said, ‘I’m going to be a pilot,’ he would (you know) be a pilot. And he did – he was a commercial pilot.
“My mother let him take me to Hervey Bay in this mosquito plane while he was doing his training. Paul had that much talent. You trust him, you know he can do this, I never doubted him.
“He was one of those people you knew you could trust. (As an NRL player) he was one of those players you could rely on and he would give everything.
“I can’t believe he did this, I can’t believe this happened.
“This is not Paul. I am actually completely and utterly in shock. I spoke to you a few months ago.
Meanwhile, Green’s family is still discussing the passing of the walking legend and plans to celebrate his life.
Green’s brother Rick said. Sunday letter The family have gathered to plan a public funeral, which is expected to take place on August 23 or 30 at Cowgarry Oval, the home of the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls, the team Green both played for and coached to premiership glory.
But Rick also revealed that his family is struggling to come to terms with the huge loss.
“Everybody feels pressured,” he said. Sunday letter.
“Of course there are many stories to share about our time with Paul, but when we think of those good times, there is great sadness in his passing.
“It’s still very raw and difficult to process.”
The family had previously released a statement after hearing of Green’s death.
The statement read: “We are deeply saddened today.
“We have lost a devoted husband, a loving father and a wonderful brother and son. We cannot find the words to express our feelings, but we are grateful to those who reached out to us with their love and support.
“Paul was loved by many and we know this news will cause great interest, but we ask for privacy at this time.
“Our family is still trying to come to terms with this tragedy and we are asking for time and space to come to terms with this loss. Thank you.”