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Adelaide Crows Coach Phil Walsh Found Dead In His Home, Son Charged With Murder

UPDATE: Phil Walsh's son has been charged with murder.

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Phil Walsh's 26-year-old son Cy has has been remanded in custody following a bedside hearing at Flinders Medical Centre on Friday afternoon. He did not apply for bail and will face court again on September 15.

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"Just after 2am, Police and ambulance crews were called to a house in Bungey Avenue [in Somerton Park] after a domestic dispute," a police statement said.

"Police were able to establish that a around about 2 o'clock, the son of the family had attended," mr Bray confirmed. "There had been an argument. I can't tell you anything about the argument or the circumstances of that. But as a result of that, both Mr Walsh and his wife received the wounds. The wounds that ultimately caused Mr Walsh's death."

Bray also confirmed that Mr Walsh's son had been located a short distance away and was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

Walsh's wife, Meredith, is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It's believed the couple's 22-year-old daughter is in the US.

"The Adelaide Football Club is devastated at the sudden passing of Senior Coach Phil Walsh in the early hours of this morning."

"We ask if you could please respect the privacy of his family, as well as our players, coaches and staff, at this extremely difficult time."

The AFL has confirmed that this weekend's match between the Crows and Geelong will not go ahead, with the premiership points to be split between the two teams.

"We are strongly of the view that it is not fair to ask the young men of the Adelaide Crows or the Geelong Cats to play in these circumstances," AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said on Friday afternoon.

"Phil Walsh gave such a lot to ur our game," McLachlan said. He was a man of boundless energy, enthusiasm and great intelligence. He was part of the AFL family for 32 years."

"And there are not many words of comfort today for those who feel this terrible loss in these most difficult of circumstances. To his family, we can only say that your loved father and husband is in all our hearts and whatever support we can offer, we will."

The remaining seven AFL games will go ahead this weekend.

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"I got a phone call at 3:30am from the police to say that a tragedy had unfolded and that it involved Phil Walsh, our coach," he told a media conference on Friday afternoon. "That's a phone call no-one ever wants to get. I rang Andrew [Fagan, the club CEO] together with David Noble in Shuttleworth."

"The four of us met together at the club just after four and then progressively we involved other members of the footy club and you've got to get straight into crisis management and this is a crisis unprecedented. There's no rule book and we're dealing with it," he said.

He had coached the Crows to a 7 - 5 win/loss record in 2015.

Walsh was also a talented player, spending much of his career at Collingwood before playing for Richmond and Brisbane.

Tributes from past and present players, rival clubs and the football community are beginning to flow on social media.

Unbelievable and extremely sad news about the murder of Adelaide football coach Phil Walsh https://t.co/EaAV94NhPb

Tragic news! My condolences to Phil Walsh's family, Adelaide Crows and the whole football community. Sad day in football.

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Thoughts with everyone involved in this tragic news. Can't believe what has happened!

Absolotely gut wrenching news to wake up to. He was a very good man. #RIPmate

Thoughts are with everyone that Phil Walsh has touched on this very sad day #shattered

Seven extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Phil Walsh. A fine man who made a wonderful contribution to football and the community

The thoughts + sympathies are with Phil Walsh, his loved ones + the @Adelaide_FC. A past player of our club. May he Rest In Peace.

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Lost #PhilWalsh when he left Collingwood as a kid. Rediscovered him decades later as a fascinating coach and character. Then this.

All at St Kilda extend their sympathies to Phil Walsh's family and @Adelaide_FC at this devastating time. There are no words. #RIPPhilWalsh

This from the great man on the day I retired. Advice I'll take with me forever.

Shattered. Years of discussion, debate, philosophy, laughter and even tears. Thanks for everything u taught and gave to us. #RIPWalshy

Condolences to all those mourning the loss of Phil Walsh. A time of shock and sadness for so many. May he rest in peace

Club statement: Phil Walsh http://t.co/3KY82b6PTX via @PAFC

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Rob Stott is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

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