Port Adelaide midfielder John McCarthy has died in an accident while on a post-season trip with a number of his teammates.
It was reported that McCarthy was celebrating at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas when the incident occurred. A representative of the Flamingo Hotel stated that McCarthy was found in the driveway in an unresponsive state, suspected to have fallen from a hotel balcony.
He was pronounced deceased after being transported to the University Medical Center of Las Vegas.
The story broke on social media, leaving Port Adelaide and football fans alike searching for any information they could find. Although an accident was confirmed by the Port Adelaide Football Club, a name was not confirmed until later.
The initial statement from Port Adelaide outlined the details of the incident:
The Port Adelaide Football Club has been informed that an Australian man who has died in Las Vegas is believed to be one of its players.
At this point, the club is unable to confirm the identity of the player involved in this tragedy as family members are still being informed.
Port Adelaide CEO Keith Thomas officially announced that McCarthy had died during a press conference held after the members of McCarthy’s family had been contacted.
“We were informed at 9:30am this morning that John had been involved in a fatal accident,” Thomas said.
“My understanding is that he fell from a bulding.”
After being delisted from Collingwood, Port Adelaide offered McCarthy a lifeline with its pick in the 2011 Pre-Season Draft, overlooking the likes of Brendan Fevola, Leon Davis, Andrew Lovett and Brad Dick.
Playing 21 games in 2012, after only managing 18 matches in four seasons with the Magpies, McCarthy repaid the faith shown by the Power, averaging 18.7 disposals, 4.2 marks and 2.7 tackles per game. He earned an equal 14th finish in Port Adelaide’s best and fairest award, the John Cahill Medal, in his first season as a Power player.
He played an important role in the Power’s 32-point comeback against North Melbourne in Round 8 with 21 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles and a goal to his name. Two 30-disposal efforts against Fremantle and Collingwood also highlighted a great comeback season.
McCarthy was well on his was to becoming a vital cog in the Port Adelaide midfield. He showed obvious determination to win the football and do the tough work, even if it sacrificed his own personal performance.
Port Adelaide’s football operations manager Peter Rohde is on his way to be with the players still in Las Vegas. It was reported that the players still in Adelaide were informed of the news, with a number of them coming to the club for briefing.
A statement confirming John McCarthy’s death can be found on the Port Adelaide website.