FORMER Melbourne AFL star and club chairman Jim Stynes, whose legacy extended far beyond football, has died from cancer. He was 45.
Stynes passed away with his wife Sam and children Matisse and Tiernan by his side at 8.20am (AEDT) on Tuesday after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.
Born in Dublin, Stynes was one of the most remarkable stories in the history of Australia's home-grown football code.
He was recruited in the mid-1980s by Melbourne as part of the "Irish Experiment'' and went on to become the program's most outstanding success.
Graduating from one of the club's most enduring and resilient players to its chairman, Stynes became the first international player to win the Brownlow Medal in 1991.
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