May 30, 2024

Kiwi footballer Tere Livingstone has died five days after he suffered a catastrophic injury in an on-field incident.

While participating for the Pāpāmoa Bulldogs in Tauranga on Saturday, the rugby league player from Bay of Plenty had a serious brain injury.

According to The New Zealand Herald, Livingstone’s family was informed on Wednesday that he would never fully recover from his wounds.

According to reports, Livingstone was declared deceased on Thursday.

Social media users described his partner as “utterly broken, torn in two,” and the NZ Rugby League Union announced that it was looking into the “tragic incident.”

Messages on the sports club’s Facebook page and a Givealittle page for the family reveal that the senior Pāpāmoa Bulldogs player was hurt during a game at Mitchell Park in Ōtūmoetai. In less than a day, the Givealittle page has raised almost $60,000.

The team will not be playing this weekend in Rotorua, according to the club’s widely shared post.

The players made the trip to Waikato Hospital to bid Livingstone their final farewell.

For those who might not be aware. In the game on Saturday, our brother Tere Livingston sustained serious injuries.

It stated that he had “a major brain injury.”

“Tere has been fighting for the past few days following a scan and surgery, but we’ve been told with devastating news that he won’t recover.

“These circumstances will have a profound effect on Tee’s partner Chloe and their adorable 19-month-old baby boy, Nīkora.”

According to both messages, Livingstone was a “profound” influence on people and a fun-loving individual who was a “amazing man” both on and off the field.

“His cheeky smile brightens any space, and he always initiates conversation amongst people. His after-match salads are unmatched, and he is always giving with his entire cold storage unit.

“The community of people who love him will feel his loss immensely.”

The post said Livingstone’s skillset and knowledge made him a great player.

“On the field, he played big minutes in any position, defending hard and playmaking like a half.”

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