Australian rules football player dies in Las Vegas

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 10, 2012
The Port Adelaide Australian rules football team says one of its players has died in an accident in Las Vegas. Club chief executive Keith Thomas on Monday identified the player as John McCarthy, telling local media that the 22-year-old ''had been involved in a fatal accident.'' A group of 11 Port players left Adelaide on Saturday for a vacation in the United States. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported earlier that a player fell from a balcony at the Flamingo Hotel and was discovered on a driveway about 5:40 a.m. Sunday, Las Vegas time. Thomas told a news conference that it was his understanding McCarthy had fallen from a building, but said details of the accident were unclear. McCarthy played in 21 matches in 2012 for Port Adelaide, which plays in the top-flight Australian Football League.
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