Former bomber Dean Wallis suffers from a heart attack | Lithgow Mercury


Dean Wallis, twice Premier of Essendon, is recovering from a heart attack in hospital. The 52-year-old was in Echuca when he suffered a heart attack and was rushed to hospital for life-saving surgery. The huge scare came just days after cricketer great Shane Warne died of a suspected heart attack at the same age. Wallis played in 127 games for the Bombers between 1987 and 2001 and featured in flags in 1993 and 2000. Following his playing career, Wallis was an assistant coach at St Kilda, Essendon and Fremantle. In 2011, while working for the Bombers, Wallis was suspended for 14 games and fined $7,500 after placing three bets on AFL games, including one involving Essendon. Eighteen months ago Wallis launched a scathing attack on the culture that had grown in Essendon in recent years. He said Essendon had been hijacked by imposters and he called for a review to be undertaken into the operations of the club’s administrative and football department. Wallis’ relationship with the Bombers has since thawed, and he attended the Essendon Hall of Fame ceremony last month. Australian Associated Press


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