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Australian rules football coach Phil Walsh dead following domestic dispute at home

Australian rules football coach Phil Walsh was stabbed to death in his South Australia home early Friday morning, local authorities said.

Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute around 2 a.m. local time in Somerton Park, a suburb of Adelaide, and found Walsh and his wife suffering from stab wounds.

Police arrested Walsh’s son at the scene and sent him for a psychiatric evaluation.

First responders tried to resuscitate Walsh, 55, but he later died at the scene. His wife is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.

“Police can confirm that the man murdered at Somerton Park in the early hours of the morning is Phil Walsh, coach of the Adelaide Crows,” authorities said in a statement obtained by News.com.au.

Walsh’s son allegedly became involved in an argument at the residence around 2 a.m., police superintendent Des Bray told News.com.au.

“As a result Mr Walsh and his wife have received the wounds. As I understand the son ordinarily lives there. Somebody from the house has called triple-zero (the emergency line),” Bray said, calling Walsh’s death a “terrible, tragic event.”

Walsh, who recently finished his first season as head coach of the Adelaide Crows, previously spent 20 years as an assistant coach.

Walsh led the crows to a winning 7-5 record in 2015.

He also played over 120 games for the Australian Football League for a number of different teams.

“I’m speechless, bewildered,” Adelaide sports journalist Michelangelo Rucci told 5AA, “I just can’t understand how this can happen.”