West Coast Eagles AFL star Rhett Bazzo pens emotional tribute after mother’s death in boat accident


AFL star who lost his mother in tragic boat accident after already losing father to cancer pens emotional tribute: ‘Reunited with your eternal soulmate’

  • Eagles star Rhett Bazzo has penned an emotional tribute to his mother 
  • Kylie Bazzo was tragically killed in a boating accident on Saturday night
  • The footy star said he took solace in his parents being reunited 

AFL star Rhett Bazzo has penned a heartbreaking tribute after his mother was killed in a boating accident.

His mother Kylie was one of two people killed when the boat she was riding in with friends crashed into a pylon on Saturday night in Perth.

The 19-year-old highly-regarded West Coast Eagles defender has played nine matches for the club since being drafted in 2021.

He shared a collection of photos of his mother on social media, saying he was lost for words to explain how he felt after her shock death.

Eagles star Rhett Bazzo (left) has penned a heartbreaking tribute to mother Kylie (right) after her tragic and sudden death. Kylie was killed in a boating accident in Perth on Saturday.

Rhett Bazzo has played nine matches for the Eagles since being drafted in 2021

Rhett Bazzo has played nine matches for the Eagles since being drafted in 2021

‘My beautiful mother. Words cannot explain the feeling of not having you around anymore,’ Bazzo wrote.

‘Forever grateful for the unconditional love you’ve always shown us. Thank you for choosing me.’

The footy star had already experienced unimaginable loss at such a young age after his father Steve – a footy legend in Western Australia – lost his battle with cancer when Bazzo was just 12 years old.

Rhett Bazzo said he took solace in the fact his parents were now reunited in the after life (Father Steve pictured left with wife Kylie before his death)

Rhett Bazzo said he took solace in the fact his parents were now reunited in the after life (Father Steve pictured left with wife Kylie before his death)

The heartbroken teen touched on his father during the emotional tribute, taking solace in the fact his Mum would be reunited with him. 

‘You’re now reunited with your eternal soulmate,’ Bazzo said.

Bazzo has taken a break from training with the West Coast Eagles, with the club offering ‘every support’ following his mother’s passing.

‘The West Coast Eagles are devastated by the loss of Kylie Bazzo,’ the club said in a statement on Monday.

‘The club’s players, staff and board extend their deepest condolences to the Bazzo family and are offering every support to Rhett, his sister Kameron and their loved ones.’

Rhett Bazzo gets a hug from mum Kylie after a game for the Eagles last year

Rhett Bazzo gets a hug from mum Kylie after a game for the Eagles last year

The 19-year-old’s teammates threw their support behind the youngster, sharing their love in the comments section.

‘Love ya,’ housemate Campbell Chesser said.

‘Thinking of you brother,’ fellow 2021 draftee Brady Hough said. 

Rhett Bazzo posted this photo of he and sister Kameron with mother Kylie in his tribute on social media

Rhett Bazzo posted this photo of he and sister Kameron with mother Kylie in his tribute on social media

Among the carousel of photos showcasing his mother’s life are images of his parents’ wedding in the 1980s and one of his mother embracing him and his sister Kameron as toddlers.

He also gave a nod to his mother’s sense of humour, showing a side-by-side comparison of her attempt at an homage to Australian icon Kath Day Knight of ‘Kath and Kim’.

Bazzo showed his mum's humour with a picture of her in the iconic Kath and Kim pose

Bazzo showed his mum’s humour with a picture of her in the iconic Kath and Kim pose

Loved ones of Kylie Bazzo waited anxiously for almost 24 hours before her body was found in waters near Creery Island at about 7pm on Sunday.

The 52-year-old was knocked into the water when the boat she was in collided with a pylon at about 10pm on Saturday night.

Friend Deborah Burdon was pulled from the water in the hours after the crash, but could not be revived.

Kylie Bazzo was killed in a boating accident on Saturday night in Perth

Kylie Bazzo was killed in a boating accident on Saturday night in Perth

Her husband John Burdon and another man, Mick Young survived the crash.

An investigation is underway into the circumstances which lead up to the crash. 

No charges have, as yet, been laid.

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