Heartbroken AFL star Brad Green fought back tears as he bid farewell to his “darling” wife in an emotional ceremony just days after her tragic death.
The sporting great was surrounded by hundreds of friends and family in the Members Dining Room at the MCG in Melbourne as he paid tribute to the love of his life and mother to his children, the Herald Sun reports.
Anna Green sadly passed away suddenly last week – reportedly after suffering complications from an operation. She was just 40-years-old.
On Thursday Brad led the speeches in farewelling his wife, reportedly telling stories of when they first met and their time together.
“Anna loved her friendships, she was inspired by people, she was always thinking of others, and most of all, she was the most loving mother, daughter, wife and friend,” he said according to the Herald Sun.
“Our lives are changed forever, but you will live long in our memories.”
The former Melbourne Demons also reportedly joked about the venue and how his wife would have questioned why it was being held at a “bloody football ground”. To which Brad claimed it was the only place that would fit all of her beautiful friends and family.
According to the Herald Sun the 38-year-old dad held hands with his beloved children, nine-year-old Oliver and Wilba, seven, as they walked behind the hearse on the emotional day.
According to the Herald Sun, the young mum and lifestyle blogger died following surgery after suffering an eye injury.
In a post shared on Instagram, the much loved former Melbourne Demons player reportedly wrote: “Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end, I’ll miss you until we meet again. Rest easy my darling.”
The couple first met as children growing up in Tasmania, however, it wasn’t until years later when they were both living in Melbourne that the relationship began, the Herald Sun reports. Brad and Anna went on to marry in December of 2013 and had two sons together, aged seven and nine.
While Brad became famous for his career in football, playing for the Melbourne Demons before working as an assistant coach at Carlton and North Melbourne, Anna worked in the fashion retail industry and launched her even own brand.