Kato Ottio Collapsed While Training With The PNG Hunters

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Kato Ottio Collapsed While Training With The PNG Hunters Image: Canberra Raiders

More details have emerged of the shocking and tragic death of Kato Ottio, aged 23.  

Ottio's manager Steve Deacon detailed the moments before the former-Raider collapsed, while training with QLD Cup team the PNG Hunters. 

"The run was over and a few of the boys walked back while others got a ride," Deacon told Wide World of Sports.

"But Kato told a few of the players ‘let’s run back’ - he wanted to use the professionalism he gained from his time at Canberra to rub off on his younger countrymen.

"He got slower and eventually collapsed. He was unconscious and in a coma and they were not able to revive him.

"He was a great guy and I’m just devastated."

Ottio was due to join his Widnes teammates in England in the coming days. 

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