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News anchor Peter Overton goes off script to make passionate plea following Paul green’s death

Max Sherry

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News anchor Peter Overton goes off script to make passionate plea following Paul green’s death

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Peter Overton has gone off script live on-air to deliver a passionate plea in the wake of Paul Green's tragic passing.

The Channel Nine news presenter decided to use the time to send a message to anyone struggling mentally – and his statement makes for powerful viewing.

The rugby league community is in mourning following the sudden death of former player and premiership-winning coach Paul Green.

It was confirmed that the 49-year-old had sadly taken his own life.

News of his reported suicide, just one day after his son's ninth birthday, sent shockwaves through the sports world as fans and players alike all paid tribute to the great man.

Nine's Peter Overton was one of those people to send his condolences while also taking the time to make a heart-felt plea for anyone suffering to reach out for help.

"If you are struggling with your mental health, please talk to someone," Overton said on the 6pm news bulletin.

He added: "Overton continued: "Ask 'are you OK?' Take a friend for a coffee or a walk. Confide in your GP. Share your feelings with your family. Just talk to someone.

"You might be surprised how many people you know have the same struggles. You are not alone."

A number of big-name rugby league stars have taken to social media to pay their respects.

On Thursday morning, Green's devastated family released a statement following the legend's death.

Green's devastated family released a statement on Thursday.

"We have lost a devoted husband, loving father and wonderful brother and son," they said.

"We cannot find the words that would come close to expressing our feelings, however we would like to extend our thanks to those who have reached out to us with their love and support.

"Our family is still trying to understand this tragedy and we request space and time as we come to terms with this loss."

If you or anyone you know needs support, you can contact Lifeline 131 114, or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

Topics: Australia, Rugby League, NRL

Max Sherry
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