Detectives grill Manly stars and staff about rising NRL star who died in routine training session


Detectives grill Manly stars and staff about rising NRL star who died during a routine training session aged just 20 – as coroner launches investigation

  • Keith Titmuss died suddenly during a pre-season training session back in 2020
  • He collapsed at Narrabeen and was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital
  • An initial autopsy report didn’t shed any light on the cause of death
  • The New South Wales Coroners Court has opened an investigation into the case 

The New South Wales Coroners Court has launched an investigation into the death of Manly young star Keith Titmuss, who collapsed during a training session back in November 2020.

Over the past couple of weeks, Sea Eagles players, coaching and medical staff have been interviewed by detectives. 

Manly stars Josh Schuster and Jason Saab, Canterbury second-rower Matt Doorey and Wests Tigers prop Stefano Utoikamanu are among those who have been asked to speak with the authorities to help with the case.

Keith Titmuss died suddenly during a pre-season training session back in 2020

‘Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command are preparing a report for the information of the Coroner regarding the death of a 20-year-old man on Monday, November 23, 2020,’ NSW Police said in a statement.  

Titmuss’ girlfriend has also been asked to cooperate with the investigation, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Titmuss’ death shocked Manly and the NRL as a whole as the promising youngster collapsed during a routine training session in pre-season at the Sea Eagles’ facility in Narrabeen. 

The 20-year-old suffered a seizure while in training and was subsequently transported to the Royal North Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead later that day.

His family are hoping a coroner's investigation may shed light on the cause of death

His family are hoping a coroner’s investigation may shed light on the cause of death 

Manly CEO Tony Mestrov confirmed the club was collaborating with the investigation

Manly CEO Tony Mestrov confirmed the club was collaborating with the investigation

An initial autopsy report was unable to determine the cause of death, with the toxicology report showing no sign of drug use. 

The coroner’s investigation could lead to a formal inquest, although no date has been set.

‘This matter is still in the investigative stage. No hearing date has been set yet, and no subpoenas have been issued yet,’ the New South Wales Coroners Court said in a statement.

Newly-appointed Manly chief executive Tony Mestrov confirmed the club had been asked to cooperate with the investigation.

Jason Saab, one of Titmuss' best friends, has been asked to cooperate with the investigation

Jason Saab, one of Titmuss’ best friends, has been asked to cooperate with the investigation

Saab revealed after Titmuss' passing that he had messaged him on the day of his death

Saab revealed after Titmuss’ passing that he had messaged him on the day of his death

‘The Sea Eagles are assisting the coroner’s office with inquiries into the death of Keith Titmuss on 23 November, 2020,’ he said.

‘The Sea Eagles understand that the Coroner may hold an inquest into the matter but no dates have been set for this.’ 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Titmuss’ family are looking to shed light on why the Manly player was initially taken to Northern Beaches Hospital before being redirected to Royal North Shore Hospital.

They are also looking to clarify whether they were denied the opportunity to say their goodbyes before the life support was turned off. 

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