How did Heather Anderson die? AFLW premiership player cause of death Explained

How did Heather Anderson die? AFLW premiership player cause of death Explained

Heather Anderson, who won the AFLW championship, unexpectedly passed away, and the Adelaide Football Club is in mourning. In this article we have highlighted about what happened to Heather Anderson and her cause of death.

How did Heather Anderson die?

On Monday, the club issued a brief statement confirming the tragic passing of the army medic at the age of 28.

“The unexpected passing of Premier League player Heather Anderson has left the Adelaide Football Club in great sorrow. Her family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers, the statement said.

Anderson’s cause of death

Anderson died for reasons that are yet unknown. No information is currently available regarding Anderson’s cause of death.

In order to get feedback on the occurrence, Daily Info Express is attempting to contact family and relatives. Still no response. Once we have enough data, we will update the page. We’ll soon add more details regarding Heather Anderson’s cause of death.

Who was Heather Anderson?

In 2016, Anderson became the Adelaide Crows’ first player to be born in the Northern Territory.

She was selected with the tenth overall pick and later joined Adelaide’s 2017 championship team.

Thanks to her dependable pink headgear, Anderson soon won over the hearts of the public.

She added that she started wearing colourful clothing to make herself more visible to her blind mother on the pitch, and when she joined the AFLW, the style persisted.

To even reach Adelaide’s list, Anderson, a brave defender who participated in eight games in her maiden season, had to endure a severe shoulder injury.

But after winning the championship game, she dislocated her shoulder again, and she decided to have surgery to end her career.

Early career

Anderson played rugby league with North Canberra Bears for four years in the Canberra Junior Rugby League Competition before playing his first AFL game with Sale City Football Club in 2005 (U/12s). Anderson was a member of the Division 2 Sale City (Red) club that won the championship in 2006.

Anderson spent three seasons playing for the Belconnen Cats u/14s after moving back to Canberra in 2007. (including one season as an over age player). In both 2008 and 2009, this includes at least six contests on the Division 1 side. Anderson was a midfielder, outside mid, and defender for his junior team.

In the 2010 AFL Canberra season, Anderson was signed to the Belconnen Magpies Women’s AFL team. She made her wing debut in April 2010 at the age of 15. She won the competition’s Rising Star Award that year and finished in the top five for the Bainrot Medal for the best and fairest competitor. Although Anderson started out as a wing player, she switched to the backline during her rookie season to serve as a rebounding defender. From 2013, Anderson participated as a senior player in midfield.

Before moving to Darwin, Anderson played with the Belconnen Magpies until 2015. Before dislocating her right shoulder, Anderson played for the Darwin Waratahs for the first half of the 2015–2016 season.

Anderson’s debut

Anderson’s debut as a representative came in the ACT Under 18 Youth Girls team (at the age of 15) during a mid-2009 match against NSW at Woolongong. She was subsequently chosen for the ACT youth girls squad for the same competition in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and she was also honoured for playing her best on the field during the 2010 match at Reid Oval in Canberra.

For the National Carnival in 2010, 2011, and 2012, Anderson was chosen for the ACT/NSW Under 18 team. He was also named co-captain in 2010 and a member of the All-Australian team in both 2010 and 2011.

The Western Bulldogs selected Anderson with pick 19 in the 2015 Exhibition Matches draft. She was one of the Bulldogs’ top possession-getters in the match at the MCG in May while playing as a rebounding defender. In the August game at Etihad Stadium, Anderson alternated between playing in the middle of the field and as a defender.

Heather Anderson’s AFLW career

In the 2016 AFL Women’s draught, Adelaide selected Anderson with the second overall pick and tenth overall pick. In the first round of the 2017 season, she made her debut in the 36-point victory over Greater Western Sydney at Thebarton Oval. She was a member of Adelaide’s championship team after the club defeated Brisbane by six points in the AFL Women’s Grand Final at Metricon Stadium. She dislocated her right shoulder during the championship match, necessitating her second surgery on the same shoulder in a year. She completed her first season with eight matches after playing every match.

She was delisted for the 2018 season by the club in May due to a shoulder injury. Anderson had surgery in April 2017 and finished his recovery in time for the draft. She declared her permanent retirement from the AFL after not being drafted.

AFLW boss Nicole Livingstone expressed his condolence to Anderson’s family and friends

Nicole Livingstone, the head of the AFLW, sent her condolences to Anderson’s friends and family in a statement.

“Words cannot adequately reflect the profound loss felt at this time by the AFL and AFLW community. The Anderson family has our deepest sympathies, Livingstone said.

“On behalf of the AFL, I would like to send Heather’s family, friends, and coworkers my sincere condolences.”

A “much-loved” and “respected” teammate who would be greatly missed, the 28-year-old was described as.

Tribute to Heather Anderson

Sporting Obituaries said,

#RIP#ValeHeather Anderson (28) #AussieRules footballer. Anderson became the first Northern Territory-based #AFLW player drafted to the #AdelaideCrows in 2016. Her career was cut short by a shoulder injury in 2017

Australian Tactical Medical Association said,

It’s with the greatest sorrow that we pause to remember Heather Anderson who has tragically passed away at age 28. Heather was dedicated to being the best Medic she could be. Her grit, determination and ever present positive attitude saw her achieve professional and personal success in Army, and a spot in the inaugural AFLW grand final winning team. Rest easy H.

Teresa Reichstein said,

Way too may young ones are “Dying Suddenly” these days! 


This is incredibly sad.

AFLW Scores & News said,

The Adelaide Crows and wider footy community are mourning the sudden death of AFLW premiership player Heather Anderson at just 28.

R.I.P Heather


East Fremantle Women’s Football Club said,

East Fremantle Football Club is devastated to hear of the passing of former Adelaide Crows premiership player, and EFWFC Sports Trainer Heather Anderson.

Heather was endeavouring to get back to playing football in 2023 after suffering a number of injuries since winning a premiership at the Crows.

Our thoughts and love go out to everyone who had the privilege of knowing Heather.

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