Australian jockey Stathi Katsidis found dead at age 31
Thursday, October 21, 2010
One of Australia's leading Stathi Katsidis has been found dead at the age of 31. He was found dead on Tuesday morning by his fiancee, Melissa Jackson.
Katsidis died less than a week before he was due to ride in theand was set to ride in the in November. He was going to be riding former winner Shoot Out.
Born in, Katsidis had recorded over 170 victories last season. He had success in both the Australian Derby and the Group One Randwick Guineas. He suffered a knock back in 2008 when he was banned for nine months after testing positive for . He had previously battled drug and weight problems in the past.
|"He was a terrific guy, loaded with ability and is going to be sadly missed.|
Tributes have been paid to Katsidis both jockey's and trainers., the trainer of Shoot Out said "He told me he couldn't wait to get to Melbourne and that he'd be down on Thursday. It's a total shock." Jockey said "He was a terrific guy, loaded with ability and is going to be sadly missed."
Police have said that no suspicious circumstances surrounding Katsidis death. His fiancee has said that she suspects alcohol to be a factor in his death. Katsidis had been out drinking with friends on the night before his death. "Jockeys have to lose so much weight. Their bodies are drained like anorexic young girls. Then some of them go out and try drinking like men with big, strong bodies. It hits them like a brick wall. I just hope some of the other jockeys get a message from this."
His funeral has been set for next Tuesday; exact plans have yet to be released.