Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh is dead after a domestic dispute at his home. His son has been arrested.
“Police can confirm that the man murdered at Somerton Park in the early hours of the morning is Phil Walsh, coach of the Adelaide Crows,” police said in a statement.
His 26-year-old son was arrested after police were called to a domestic dispute at the home in Bungey Avenue, Somerton Park at 2am on Friday.
Walsh, 56, died at the scene despite attempts by ambulance officers.
His wife is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Nathan Brown, former Richmond player and Nine Network commentator, said the death was shocking and would impact many AFL clubs.
“I’m shocked,” Brown has told the Nine Network.
“At the moment beside myself that a lot of players are going to wake up today and be on their way to training and find out this news.
“He played for Collingwood, he played for Brisbane. He’s been at West Coast, he’s been at half the AFL clubs. This is going to touch so many people.”
A knife was used in the attack and was found at the scene.
Supt Bray said they were yet to speak to the son, who lived with his parents at the Bungey Avenue home.
“As the investigation unfolds I’m sure we will find out exactly what happened, but at the moment … it would be inappropriate for me to speculate on what may or may not have happened.”
Supt Bray said the domestic incident was a tragedy.
“For any family, regardless of who it is, is one of the worst things that you could imagine that could happen to you,” he said.
“The only thing that is different with this is that he has a high profile. The pain and suffering of the family is no different.”
Shocked Adelaide Crows players were arriving at Adelaide Oval.