Former North Melbourne rookie Red Og Murphy has passed away at just 21 years of age in Ireland. No cause of death has been revealed by his family or authorities in Ireland yet.
Murphy was on the Kangaroo’s list back in 2019 as a category B rookie, he played 12 VFL games but never made his debut in the top team.
“On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to pass on my deepest sympathies to the Murphy family at this difficult time,” Amarfio said.
“Our thoughts are with those closest to Red Og, his family and friends in his home in Ireland, and all those who played and worked alongside him and became friends with him during his time at North Melbourne.”
When he returned to Ireland, he played Gaelic Football for his local club Curry GAA and county Sligo.
The Gaelic Players associations shared a tribute to Murphy on Twitter, “We remember Red Óg Murphy, a young man gone far too early. To his family, loved ones, friends and teammates; our hearts are broken for you. Players across Ireland have lost one of their own. May he rest in peace.”
Sligo county councillor Martin Connolly who also happened to be Murphy’s neighbour expressed his shock at the sudden passing of Murphy.
“The parish of Curry is speechless,” Mr Connolly said.
“Red Óg was probably one of the finest footballers that came out of the area.
The North Melbourne club will honour Murphy in tonight’s match against the Brisbane Lions with all players and officials to wear black armbands.