Moment of devastation Greg Alexander learns of Bob Fulton's demise while watching live television.
This is the heartbreaking moment former rugby league star Greg Alexander learned of Bob Fulton's tragic death on live television.
Bob Fulton, a rugby league legend, has died at the age of 73 following a lengthy battle with cancer.
When his death was confirmed on Sunday afternoon, tributes began pouring in for the footy legend.
Ray Hadley, a close friend and veteran broadcaster, was stunned by the news, which he delivered live on the air.
“Today is a very sad day for the Fulton family and for rugby league as a whole,” Hadley said. “I've announced some heartbreaking news on the radio, but this may be the most heartbreaking. I'm going to miss him; he was a wonderful man and the most devoted friend I've ever known. He will be terribly missed.”
Hadley's colleagues on 2GB's Continuous Call team — where Fulton previously worked — were also devastated.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear friend, the immortal Bob Fulton,” they wrote on Twitter.
Dave Morrow, a member of the Continuous Call team, fought back tears as he spoke about his great mate.
“I'm speechless because he's been a significant part of my life since I arrived in Sydney in 1980 as a broadcaster,” Morrow said.
“Geez, there are some players whose careers are owed to him. It's as if a dagger has been inserted into the heart.”
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Greg Alexander, a former Penrith player turned commentator, was on air for Fox League when presenter Hannah Hollis informed viewers of Fulton's death.
Alexander appeared visibly shaken by the news, having only recently spoken with the football legend.
Alexander exclaimed, "My God." “I spoke with Bozo only a couple of weeks ago. I live on the north shore's northern beaches and... yeah... I pulled into Woollies and spent about a half-hour chatting with Bozo.
“That is heartbreaking news. “Wow, gee-whiz.”
Alexander's reaction is captured in the video player at the top of this article.
Football fans pay their respects
Numerous individuals took to social media to express their condolences.
“Listening to the guys fighting back tears on @2GB873 @ContinuousCall about Bob Fulton's death is extremely difficult, moving, raw, and incredible radio,” Channel 7 reporter Taylor Auerbach wrote. Bob Fulton, rest in peace.”
John Gibbs, a broadcaster and NRL expert who played and worked with Fulton, told ABC radio that the news was "extremely difficult to take in."
Jamie Soward, a former NRL player, tweeted: "Thoughts and prayers go out to Bob Fulton's family and everyone who knew him." Legendary player, legendary gentleman.”
Steve Hart, a journalist, added: "I'm in complete shock that Bob Fulton is no longer alive!" Unquestionably one of the all-time greats. Bozo, may you rest in peace, and our condolences to your family and friends. Today is a sad day.”
Fulton was unquestionably one of the greats.
Fulton died on Sunday morning surrounded by family and close friends. His wife Anne, daughter Kirsty, and sons Brett and Scott survive him.
Fulton was an outstanding player who was named an Immortal for his on-field accomplishments. He represented Australia in 35 Tests and coached the Kangaroos from 1989 to 1998.
Bozo played over 200 games for Manly and was synonymous with the club, coaching it for over 300 games over two lengthy stints in the 1980s and 1990s.
He won three premierships with Manly and two with Eastern Suburbs in 428 first grade games after making the move across in the late 1970s.
Fulton also made 17 appearances for NSW.
As one of rugby league's godfathers, Fulton developed a reputation as a trusted advisor and confidant to many in the game. He served as an invaluable sounding board for Manly and also assisted the Blues during their State of Origin campaigns.
Fulton holds the uncommon distinction of winning premierships as a player, captain, and coach.