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AFL and Geelong Cats legend Gary Ablett Sr lifts the lid on tragedy that ‘broke him’ as a person

AFL legend Gary Ablett Sr has opened up on the tragic death of Alisha Horan 20 years ago, in the hope of encouraging others not to go down the same path he did.

The Geelong Cats icon was partying with the 20-year-old in his hotel room in Melbourne when she overdosed on drugs in February 2000.

Horan was believed to be an obsessed fan of Ablett Sr, with the pair partying together three years after his retirement from the the AFL.

Ablett Sr was eventually found not guilty of criminal charges over the incident, but was fined $1500 for using and possessing ecstasy and heroin.

In a recent interview with social inclusion charity Reclink Australia, Ablett said the tragedy left him broken and is his greatest shame.

“Really transparent and honest, there’s been times, especially when, with moral failure some 20 years ago where I was involved in drugs and there was a young lady that overdosed,” Ablett told Reclink Australia.

“I can’t tell you how much that shattered me, how much it broke me as a person. It still grieves me to this day.

Ex Geelong AFL star Gary Ablett Sr walks to the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court to face drug charges. Credit: AAP

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