Sam Backo in serious condition, hospitalised after major heart attack, reaction
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Legendary front-rower Sam Backo has been hospitalised in Cairns after suffering a major heart attack on Saturday.
On Sunday morning, the Canberra Raiders released a statement confirming the 62-year-old was in a critical condition.
“Christabel, Sam’s wife and extended family appreciate the support and prayers received for Sam,” the statement read.
“Sam had a heart attack yesterday morning and at this stage remains in a critical condition.
“The family has asked to please respect their privacy at this time.”
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Backo represented Queensland and Australia during his stellar career, playing seven State of Origin matches and six Tests.
The prop played 115 games for the Raiders before a two-year stint with the Brisbane Broncos, retiring in 1990. He was named in the Indigenous Australian team of the century and the Raiders’ All Indigenous team.
In 2000, Backo was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to rugby league.
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