AFL legend Peter Matera rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack: West Coast Eagles


AFL legend Peter Matera is rushed to hospital after suffering a ‘severe’ heart attack

  • West Coast Eagles great Peter Matera has suffered a ‘severe’ heart attack 
  • The AFL legend was rushed to hospital where doctors inserted two stents 
  • He is now recovering but the full extent of his condition remains unclear 

AFL legend Peter Matera is lucky to be alive after sufferings a ‘severe’ heart attack at the age of just 53.

The West Coast Eagles great was rushed to Bendigo hospital in Victoria on Sunday, where doctors placed two stents placed in his heart.

Teammate of the two-time premiership player, Brad Hardie, broke the news on radio but said he’s not fully aware of his current condition.

The West Coast Eagles great, 53 (pictured with wife Yasmine Matera) was rushed to Bendigo hospital in Victoria on Sunday, where doctors placed two stents placed in his heart

‘We’re not sure exactly the extent of it at this stage,’ Hardie told 6PR on Monday.

‘He’s rehabilitating as we speak in a hospital in Bendigo, so get well Roo. He’s a star.’

Matera played 253 games for the Eagles between 1990 and 2002 and in 2005 was named in the AFL’s Indigenous team of the century.

The five-time All Australian winger also had the honor being awarded the Norm Smith Medal in 1992 for being best on ground in the Grand Final.

He burst onto the footy scene in 1989 after being drafted from South Fremantle football club. By the end of his stellar career in 2002, he was considered and all-time great.

But since hanging up his boots, he’s lived a ‘reclusive’ life in rural Victoria, mostly shying away from the spotlight.

‘No one has really seen him too much,’ Hardie said.

‘He’s been really reclusive since he finished playing football and that’s the way he likes it. That’s the way he likes to live his life.’

Pictured: Peter Matera

The AFL star is recovering in hospital

AFL legend Peter Matera was is lucky to be alive after sufferings a ‘severe heart attack

Matera (pictured) played 253 games for the Eagles between 1990 and 2002 and in 2005 was named in the AFL's Indigenous team of the century

Matera (pictured) played 253 games for the Eagles between 1990 and 2002 and in 2005 was named in the AFL’s Indigenous team of the century

The health scare comes after a string of heart attacks among high-profile Australian athletes.

Cricketers Shane Warne, 52, and Rod Marsh, 74, both died after going into cardiac arrest earlier this year.

Ryan Campbell, an ex WA cricketer and coach of the Netherlands national team also had a heart attack which almost claimed his life.

The 50-year-old was placed into an induced coma but managed to make a full recovery in April.

Hardie said he’s shocked by the recent spate of heart attacks and hopes Matera can pull through. 

‘He’s not an old man. There is a lot of that going on at the moment… It is very concerning,’ he said.

‘Especially in that early 50s bracket and fit people too.’

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