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Ex-Raiders player Kato Ottio dies suddenly
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:32:51 AM »
Former Canberra Raiders player Kato Ottio has died from a “sudden health issue” just days before flying out for a chance to make his first-grade rugby league debut in England’s Super League.

Papua New Guinea star David Mead has led the tributes for his 2017 World Cup teammate, who died aged 23 while training in PNG ahead of linking with the Widnes Vikings.

“Absolutely devastated to hear the passing of my Kumul brother Kato Ottio,” Mead said on Twitter.

“He was one of most humble and kind hearted people I have ever known.

“Forever in my heart. Love you brother Rest In Peace. I will miss you.”

It’s believed outside back Ottio was training with players from Queensland Cup side PNG Hunters when he collapsed after a long running session.

He was taken to hospital but fell into a coma and never recovered.

Ottio never played an NRL game, but led the try scoring during the 2016 NSW Cup for Mounties and scored a try in last year’s World Cup.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart and players Blake Austin and Elliott Whitehead also expressed their condolences.