The family of NRL legend, Paul Green have confirmed his brain will be donated to The Australian Sports Brain Bank, to aid scientific research.
In a post shared on the organisation’s website, the 49-year-old’s surviving family asked for fans to support the “pioneering work” of The Australian Sports Brain Bank.
The foundation works to understand the effects of regular concussions in Australian sportspeople.
“Paul was known for always looking out for others. We are proud that part of his legacy will be looking out for the brain health of all others involved in the game that he loved,” they wrote in the post.
Last Thursday it was announced that the famed rugby league legend was found dead in his Brisbane home. He is survived by his wife, Amanda Green and two children, Jed and Emerson. It has been confirmed he died by suicide.
In the aftermath of Green’s death, his family said they were overwhelmed at the outpouring of grief and support.
His brother, Rick Green told The Sunday Mail the family had come together to plan a public funeral, expected to be held August 23 or 30 at Kougari Oval, the home of the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls, a team Green both played with and coached to premiership glory.
“Everyone is feeling overwhelmed,” he said.
“There’s certainly a lot of stories that we’re sharing about our times with Paul but as we reflect on those good times, there’s a great sadness at his passing.
“It’s still very raw and difficult to process.”
Several famed players have also shared fond memories of the storied coach, who notably helped the North Queensland Cowboys win the premiership in 2015.