Perth Football Club has announced the tragic news that 25-year-old ruck Dakota Baldwin-Wright has died.
The talented WAFL player was overseas on a Christmas holiday in Prague with a friend when he was involved in a tram incident that took his life.
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His mother has now flown out of Perth to begin the heartbreaking task of bringing her son’s body home.
It’s understood Baldwin-Wright, who played 44 games for the Perth Demons, was taking a year off footy in 2024 to complete 12 months of overseas travel.
In a statement, the Perth Football Club said: “(We) are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Dakota Baldwin-Wright.
“Dakota was involved in an accident whilst travelling overseas.
“He was an outstanding young man who was much admired and will always be remembered for his contribution to the club.
“On behalf of everyone at the club, we would like to send our thoughts to Dakota’s family and friends at this difficult time.
“His passing has also rocked our playing group as he was a respected member of our senior team.
“Our priority over the coming weeks will be to support his family, our players and the PFC community. We ask that the family’s privacy is respected.”
Dakota Baldwin-Wright has tragically passed away. Credit: Facebook/WAFL
The Western Australian Football League also confirmed the devastating news.
WA Football Commission chair Wayne Martin said: “Our thoughts at the time are with Dakota’s family, friends and the Perth Football Club”.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed it was assisting an Australian family to bring home a man who died overseas.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian man who died in Prague,” a department spokesperson said.
“We send our condolences to his family during this difficult time. Owing to our privacy obligations we are unable to provide further comment.”
7NEWS understands an investigation is now underway.
Baldwin-Wright played six seasons with the Demons after making his debut in 2018.