NRL in shock at the sudden death of one the game’s up and comers.
Promising North Queensland Cowboys star Alex Elisala has died after his family made the hart-breaking choice to turn off his life support
Elisala was taken to Mackay Base Hospital after an unspecified incident where he was immediately taken into intensive care.
North Queensland released a brief statement regarding Elisala’s death.
“This is an extremely sad time for our club, particularly for our players who trained and played alongside Alex in both our NYC and NRL teams,” Cowboys CEO Peter Jourdain said.
“Alex joined our club four years ago, had a distinguished career in our NYC squad and was already excelling in his first year as a full-time member of the NRL squad.
“He was undoubtedly one of the brightest young talents at the Cowboys.
“Alex was extremely well liked by everyone at the club and his jovial but dedicated presence in and away from football will be deeply missed by all.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Alex’s family and his friends.
“Our players and staff have met this morning to support each other and with the help of the NRL, we have begun to provide professional counselling as they try to come to terms with Alex’s passing.
“We request everyone to respect the sensitive nature of this situation and the privacy of all concerned.”
Social media went into meltdown upon hearing the news a Cowboys NRL squad member had been taken to hospital.
The up-and-coming hooker had already been tipped to crack the full-time NRL side this year and earlier this month he made his representative debut, when he played for Samoa against Tonga.
Added to that, the 20-year-old also represented Queensland in the junior Origian clash last season.