'Sad day': AFL rocked by death of Carlton legend Serge Silvagni

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Carlton legend Serge Silvagni, pictured here before his death.
Carlton legend Serge Silvagni has died at age 83. Image: Getty/Twitter

The AFL world is mourning the death of Carlton legend Serge Silvagni.

The patriarch of the famous Silvagni family died on Thursday morning at 83.

According to The Age, he had been dealing with multiple health issues.

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Silvagni played 239 games for Carlton and won premierships for the club in 1968 and 1970.

Son Stephen also went on to become a club legend and is known as 'SOS' - son of Serge.

Silvagni's grandsons Jack and Ben are also current AFL players.

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He is survived by wife Rita, three daughters Lisa, Danielle and Michelle, and son Stephen.

Silvagni was inducted into Carlton's Hall of Fame in 1989 and made an official 'Legend' in 2016.

He and Stephen were both named in Carlton’s team of the 20th century.

The ruck-rover became a committee member, selector and reserves coach after retiring in 1971. 

He coached three senior games for Carlton in 1978 when Ian Stewart fell ill and his appointment didn't eventuate.

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"Sergio was and always will be a legendary Carlton person," club president Mark LoGiudice said in a statement.

"He was such an important figure to many Carlton supporters growing up during the 1960s, particularly those who had migrated to Australia and could instantly identify with one of their heroes.

"He would go on to become one of our greatest ever players and his impact on the club will forever hold a significant place in our history books.

"On and off the field he embodied what it means to be a Carlton person and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family."

AFL world mourns death of Serge Silvagni

Tributes have been pouring in on social media.

"Saddened to hear of the passing of Carlton FC legend & premiership champion, Serge Silvagni," tweeted federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg.  

"An inspiration on & off the field, he will be greatly missed, but the Silvagni football dynasty proudly lives on.

"My thoughts are with SOS, Jack & the rest of the Silvagni family."

Commentator Andy Maher wrote: "He was a giant in the eyes and imagination of this young Bluebagger. RIP Serge."

The 'Carlton Cheersquad' account tweeted: "Impossible to put into words what this man means to our Football Club and the AFL in general," 

"R.I.P Serge Silvagni. A truly magnificent man and a Giant of our sport."

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