Australian Rugby League legend Arthur Beetson has died. He was the first Queensland State of Origin captain and considered one of the greats. RIP Artie.
Rugby league great Arthur Beetson has died after suffering a heart attack on the Gold Coast.
Beetson, 66, was riding his bike at Paradise Point around 9.15am on Thursday when witnesses said he suffered severe chest pains and ambulance officers were called to treat him at the scene.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh broke the news of Beetson's death in parliament, saying Queensland had lost one of its legends.
"He was a knockabout bloke from country Queensland, he loved his leagues, he loved his Queensland and his loss will be felt from many," Ms Bligh told parliament.
Beetson was Queensland's first State of Origin captain in 1980, and coached the Maroons to series wins from 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1989.
He was inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2003.
In February 2008, Beetson was named in a list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908-2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.Beetson went on to be named in the front-row in Australian rugby league's Team of the Century.