The former Dublin GAA and Australian Rules footballer Jim Stynes died at the age of 45 at his home in Melbourne, Australia.

An iconic figure both on and off the field of play. Jim Stynes was a true footballing great but leaves an equally enduring legacy in life outside the sport he graced.

On 20 March 2012, Jim Stynes died at the age of 45 following a long battle with cancer. He is regarded as one of the greatest Australian Rules footballers of all time.

Jim Stynes won an All-Ireland minor medal playing for Dublin in 1984. He then moved to Melbourne to try his luck at Australian Rules football. He went on to play 264 games and in 1991 he became the only non-Australian to win the prestigious Brownlow Medal. 

Off the pitch Jim worked for his charity, The Reach Foundation, helping young people to strive for and achieve their goals. 

In 2008, he became President of Melbourne Football Club. However, the following year he was diagnosed with cancer and underwent years of treatment in the public eye to bring awareness to the disease. 

His wife said he died pain free, dignified and peaceful.

GAA President Christy Cooney described Stynes as a hugely respected and admired figure, and the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard described him as an absolute legend. 

Jim is to receive a state funeral in his adopted home in Melbourne, Australia.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 March 2012. The reporter is Paul O'Flynn.