Fam­ily or­deal rocks AFL su­per­star

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - The Everest -

THE fam­ily of AFL su­per­star Gary Ablett was in mourn­ing last night af­ter the death of the foot­baller’s sis­ter.

De­tails of the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Ms Ablett’s death were not known but it’s un­der­stood she died alone at a prop­erty on Vic­to­ria’s Surf Coast. There were no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.

Sis­ter Alisha Ablett ex­pressed her grief in an on­line post last night. “Natasha — you were the strong­est women Iv (sic) ever known and an ab­so­lute heart of gold!’’

Ms Ablett had on­go­ing health bat­tles and had been seek­ing treat­ment for schizophre­nia.

It is un­der­stood to be a fac­tor in Ablett’s des­per­ate pleas to re­turn to Gee­long from the Gold Coast.

In and out of men­tal health fa­cil­i­ties for years, Ms Ablett was found guilty of as­sault­ing a woman in 2011.

Ear­lier this week, Ablett ad­mit­ted that his pri­or­i­ties had shifted.

“I need to be around my fam­ily back home, who I have spent the last seven years do­ing long-dis­tance with,’’ Ablett said.

Gary Ablett.

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