A Former NRL Star Has Been Found Dead

The former NRL star had struggled with life after footy.

The former NRL star Lance Thompson was found dead in his Cronulla unit over night.

Police were called at approximately 9pm when there was concern for Thompson’s welfare.

Detectives attended the scene and said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Lance Thompson during the NRL Rugby League, Round 6, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Penrith Panthers at Toyota Stadium in 2008. Photo: AAP

It is believed he was found by his 17-year old daughter.

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Police are adamant “no evidence of self harm at this stage” they believe it may be a medical episode.

Former St. George player Lance Thompson tries on his Sharks jersey after signing with the Cronulla Sharks Rugby League club in Sydney, in 2005.  Photo: AAP

The 40-year-old Thompson had been running a restaurant inside the Woolooware Golf Club in the Sutherland Shire and only recently in an interview said he was “loving it, loving life, loving the people around me, loving playing  golf so it’s a good thing to be around after footy”.

During his 13 year career from 1995-2007 Thompson was a crowd favourite at both the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Cronulla Sharks.

Debuting as a 17-year-old in 1995 for the Dragons, Thompson played 201 games for the club before he controversially left to join Cronulla at the end of the 2005 season.

Wollongong, April 4, 2004. Trent Barrett congratulates Lance Thompson on his try during the NRL match between St George Illawarra Dragons v Newcastle Knights. Photo: AAP I

Thompson was forced into early retirement during the 2007 season with an ongoing knee injury also announcing at the time that he’d been diagnosed with type one diabetes.

The popular forward played his final game for the Cronulla Sharks in round six against Penrith in which he scored a try. Cronulla lost the match 20-21 in golden point.

Thompson said he had struggled with life after football telling Macquarie Sports Radio in June this year that “it was a struggle for me because football was so structured, the club does everything for you, they feed you, they massage you they tell you where to be and what time, everything was handed on a silver platter but when you step out of football you’re on your own. It’s a very tough thing".

Thompson played in the 1999 grand final loss for St George Illawarra against the Melbourne Storm.