AFL players pay tribute after sudden death of respected trainer

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AFL personal trainer Jason Januszke (pictured middle) tragically died while on a run on a hiking trail, which has sparked an outpouring of tributes from AFL players. (Image: GoFundMe)
AFL personal trainer Jason Januszke (pictured middle) tragically died while on a run on a hiking trail, which has sparked an outpouring of tributes from AFL players. (Image: GoFundMe)

AFL stars Tom Jonas and Taylor Walker have paid their respects to personal trainer Jason Januszke after the 43-year-old suddenly died running Mt Lofty last week.

The popular personal trainer suffered a cardiac arrest last Friday when running the hiking trail.

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Januszke leaves behind his wife, Jess, and two sons Tom, 6, and Jack, 4.

Port Adelaide captain Jonas paid tribute to his 'great mate' and told The Advertiser he was a proud husband and father of two sons.

Jason Januszke (pictured left) and his family.
Jason Januszke (pictured left) leaves behind his wife, Jess, and two sons Tom, 6, and Jack, 4. (Image: GoFundMe)

“Jase was more than a training partner… Energetic, driven, generous and selfless he made those in his presence the best form of themselves,” he told the publication.

“Most of all he was a devoted husband and the proudest father, always recounting Tom and Jack’s most recent feats with a smile on his face.”

The sentiment was echoed by Crows player Walker who remembered Januszke's infectious smile.

“A smile was always on his face because he loved what he did and he loved his family and mates,” Walker said.

The Port Adelaide Football Club wore black armbands during their match against Geelong last weekend in honour of Januszke.

GoFundMe page organised for Jason Januszke

A GoFundMe page has raised more than $90,000 for the Januszke family following Jason's death.

All the money raised on the page is said will help support the family in the coming months.

Jess Januszke took to social media on the weekend to confirm her husband's tragic death.

“It is with a very broken heart that I share with you the terribly sad news that tragically my darling husband Jase passed away suddenly … while doing something he loved, running Mt Lofty,” she wrote on social media.

“Thank you for all the messages of love and support over the last 24 hours, I will be wrapping my arms around our two beautiful boys as we try to make sense of a life without him.”

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