Video: Family spokesperson Ian Hanson reads a statement on behalf of Dean Mercer’s family
Former Ironman Dean Mercer has died after suffering a cardiac arrest and crashing his car on the Gold Coast yesterday morning.
Mercer, 47, crashed the vehicle into a fence at Mermaid Waters about 7:00am on Monday.
Paramedics tried to save him, performing CPR for an hour at the scene.
He was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital but could not be revived.
A statement provided on behalf of Mercer’s family confirmed he died from cardiac arrest.
“It is with great sadness and grief that we advise that our beloved Dean — loving husband of Reen and devoted father to their four boys Brayden, 13, Rory, 11, Lachlan, 9, and Joshua, 6, passed away earlier today,” it said.
“Dean had been returning home from his regular earlier morning training session with a Masters group at Kurrawa Surf Club, where he is the director of surf sports and nippers coach.
“He was to call in and buy groceries for the family when he suffered a cardiac arrest at the wheel of his car and crashed into a fence on Markeri Street.”
His wife Reen, surrounded by close friends, told the children of the news.
“You can only imagine the grief surrounding the Mercer family at this time,” the statement said.
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