Rugby league forward dies in a hospital after weekend injury
22 June 2015, 10:28
Brisbane, Australia — Rugby League forward James Ackerman died in a hospital on Monday, two days after sustaining a head injury in a tackle while playing for the Sunshine Coast Falcons against Norths Devils in a second-tier Australian competition. He was 25.
The Queensland Rugby League confirmed Ackerman's death, and also released a statement on behalf of Ackerman's family saying "James loved the game of rugby league. He always played the game with his heart on his sleeve. We will miss you."
Ackerman, a father of two, played 54 matches in the Intrust Super Cup, a second-tier competition to the National Rugby League. The Falcons forward was injured early in the game in northern Brisbane on Saturday and was treated immediately on the field by a doctor before being taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital by ambulance.
"We send our deepest condolences to James' family and friends, and the Sunshine Coast club," QRL managing director Robert Moore said. "This is obviously a very difficult and traumatic time.
"Our immediate priority is to provide support for the family as well as the players, coaches and referees who were involved in this game."
Ackerman was survived by his parents, Michael and Sonya Ackerman, brothers Andrew and Thomas, wife Saraa and children Olliver and Milly.