Warriors coach Nathan Brown rocked by shocking family tragedy

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Nathan Brown, pictured here speaking to the media after the Warriors' loss to the Dragons.
Nathan Brown speaks to the media after the Warriors' loss to the Dragons. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

New Zealand Warriors coach Nathan Brown is mourning the tragic death of his brother Denny.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Brown learned of the shocking news just moments after the Warriors' loss to the Dragons last weekend.

Brown's wife Tanya reportedly drove to Central Coast Stadium on Friday night to break the news to Brown after the game.

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Denny, who was 42, reportedly died in Redfern in Sydney.

According to the Telegraph, Brown spent the weekend grieving with family.

New Zealand Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan said the tragedy has hit Brown hard.

“Denny was always the life of the party and it’s devastating news for the family,” O’Sullivan said.

“Everyone at the Warriors, the owners, CEO, staff and players are devastated and feeling for his dad John, Nathan, Tanya and all his family.”

Nathan Brown and wife Tanya, pictured here at the Dally M Awards in 2006.
Nathan Brown and wife Tanya at the Dally M Awards in 2006. (AAP Image/Sergio Dionisio)

Anthony Mundine expresses grief over Denny Brown tragedy

Aussie boxing great Anthony Mundine, who previously lived with Denny, told the Telegraph of his disbelief.

“I tried to help him out and put him on the right track,” Mundine said. “We became quite close.

“It’s just sad. A piece of my heart left on Saturday. He had his ups and downs, he had his battles, as we all do in life.

“I don’t know what to say – he just died too young. I still can’t believe he’s not here. ‘Nath’ always called him and checked up on him to see how he was doing."

Brown and Mundine played together at Dragons from 1993 to 2001.

After retiring due to a neck injury in 2000, Brown has gone on to coach the Dragons, Huddersfield, St Helens, Newcastle and now the Warriors.

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