Cook Islands police have released the suspected cause of death following NRL player Troy Dargan’s death.
The Canberra Raiders utility and former South Sydney Rabbitoh lost his life following a motorcycle incident on Christmas Eve while holidaying with family in the South Pacific. He was 26.
As reported by The Daily Telegraph, Cook Islands police suspect alcohol and speeding were factors in the incident.
“The 26 year-old was found unresponsive on the road where he had crashed into fencing by the Aitutaki Airport,” Cook Islands Police Service said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, Police are classifying the fatality as an alcohol and speed-related incident. The deceased was not wearing a helmet and sustained a severe head trauma and other injuries.”
According to the report, Dargan was returning to the family’s accommodation after a family night out when he crashed.
In the wake of his passing his family have set up the fundraiser page with a heartfelt message being posted on the page.
The family’s fundraising page was launched shortly after midnight on December 25 and had a target of $25,000 to be raised, but at 11am on December 26 it had soared past that mark with over $28,000 being raised.
“Dearest Family, Friends & Fans of Troy ‘ Tj’ Dargan. On behalf of my beloved Sister in Law Wendy and her husband Troy Dargan it pains me so deeply to write this,” the post read.
“Tj has tragically passed away from a motorcycle accident while holidaying with his parents and siblings in the Cook Islands.
“Our Family is trying to bring his body back to Sydney, Australia. With him passing just before Christmas and the suddenness of it all, I am trying to help ease the financial costs in any way that I can and kindly ask people to donate to this cause. Due to the timing of it all, the expenses are far greater than we could’ve imagined.
“He was the most loving, caring son, brother, cousin, nephew and friend you could have asked for. Tj never gave up even when it got hard. He pushed himself to all limits and that’s what made him so incredible.
“There are no words that will ever be able to express how deeply hurt we all are as a family and it is truly one of the most devastating things anyone of us could go through right now.
“Any help in this time of need would be greatly appreciated. Please help us bring TJ home. Any excess funds will go to his funeral costs. Forever in our hearts. We love you Troy ‘Tj ‘ Dargan.
“Sincerest gratitudes from the TUARA/PALMER/DARGAN FAMILIES. #BRINGOURTJHOME.”
The Canberra Raiders paid tribute to Dargan, who had only joined the club in November after signing a development deal for 2024.
“This is a very sad time for Troy’s family and friends and we will be respecting their privacy and offering support where we can, to help them at this tough time,” Raiders boss Don Furner said.
“Troy was just 26 years old and we were looking forward to him having the opportunity to further his NRL career with our club.
“The news is also very sad for Troy’s current teammates, and we will be offering support to any of them who need it at this time.”
The former Australian schoolboys playmaker started his career with Parramatta before he moved to the Broncos where he spent two seasons in the Queensland Cup before he joined Souths.
Dargan was in the Sea Eagles system in 2023 and played six matches for Blacktown Workers. Tributes have continued to flow for the former NRL player.
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