West Coast Eagles legend Peter Matera is recovering in hospital after suffering a major heart attack in Victoria over the weekend.
West Coast legend Peter Matera is recovering in hospital after reportedly suffering a major heart attack in Victoria over the weekend.
Speaking to 6PR in Perth, former Eagles teammate Brad Hardie revealed that Matera, who has been living in Victoria since 2018, was rushed to a Bendigo hospital where doctors placed two stents placed in his heart.
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“He’s in hospital in Bendigo right now … two stents in his heart and rehabilitating as we speak,” he explained on Monday.
“For all the West Coast and footy fans, let’s keep our hopes and our prayers for Peter because we’re not sure exactly of the extent of it at this stage. Rehabilitating as we speak in a hospital in Bendigo, so get well Roo. He’s a star.”
The 53-year-old’s brother Phil, who also represented West Coast, travelled to Victoria on Monday.
Matera represented West Coast in 253 games after making his AFL debut in 1990, winning two premierships with the club.
The wingman was also awarded the 1992 Norm Smith Medal following the club’s maiden premiership triumph.
The five-time All-Australian was inducted into the AFL Hall Of Fame in 2006.
Earlier this year, cricket legend Shane Warne and Rod Marsh suffered fatal heart attacks, while former Australian wicketkeeper Ryan Campbell is recovering from a series of cardiac arrests in April.