By Hannah Moore For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 04:44 BST, 16 September 2019 | Updated: 04:56 BST, 16 September 2019
The wife of AFL star Danny Frawley has released an emotional statement revealing her husband's mental health had 'deteriorated' in the weeks before his death.
Danny Frawley died on Monday after his ute slammed into a tree near Ballarat in country Victoria, not far from the potato farm he grew up on, in a suspected suicide.
The 56-year-old was a 'champion of mental health', his wife said, and had been open about his battle with depression in the past.
His wife said it was in this spirit she had chosen to comment on his death, and what had been going on in the months prior.
Danny Frawley (pictured) is believed to have taken his own life just one day after his 56th birthday, after battling with depression for years
The tree where Danny Frawley is believed to have deliberately crashed his car on Monday. There were no skid marks and no sign that he made any evasive moves to avoid it
Danny Frawley is survived by his wife Anita and three daughters Danielle, Keeley and Chelsea
'The road leading up to last Monday's events began eight months ago when Danny made the decision to take himself off his prescribed medication,' she wrote.
'At this point Danny felt invincible, like the true competitor and proud man that he was; he felt that he had beaten the disease.
'In fact, he felt bullet proof, which contributed to his decision to remove himself from his support network including his psychiatric care and not continuing to work with his team of mental health professionals.'
Mrs Frawley praised her late husband for his bravery in being able to 'put his hand up' and ask for help when he needed it, but said his deterioration was a stark warning to others.
She said she had decided to speak publicly as she wanted Mr Frawley's death to be a reminder to those dealing with mental health conditions, especially those who were feeling better.
'You should always seek help from professionals when considering making decisions surrounding your mental health, even when you feel as though you have fully recovered,' she said.