Port Adelaide legend Russell Ebert has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a form of cancer.
Port Adelaide Football Club confirmed Ebert’s diagnosis on Wednesday afternoon, revealing the 71-year-old had already commenced intensive treatment.
The cancer was discovered following a recent routine health check with his doctor.
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“He will take time away from his role in the club’s community programs as he requires in order to do this and the club will support him however needed,” Port Adelaide Football Club said in a statement.
“Russell and his family thank those who have already made contact to pass on their support and well wishes. He would like to in particular thank the members and supporters of the Port Adelaide Football Club for their wonderful support over so many years.
“The club asks everyone to respect the privacy of Russell and his extended family at this time so they can focus on his treatment.”
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Ebert is a four-time Magarey Medallist and three-time premiership player. He played 391 games for Port Adelaide between 1968 and 1985, scoring 295 goals.
The six-time Port Adelaide best and fairest recipient was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
Ebert also coached Port Adelaide for five seasons between 1983 and 1987, boasting a win rate of more than 55 per cent.
His son Brett played 166 games for Port Adelaide, while his nephew Brad also represented the club 184 times.
Last week, Ebert delivered a eulogy at Alberton Oval for former teammate Eric Freeman, who died earlier this month aged 76.