Former NRL and NSW coach Graham Murray.
Former NRL and NSW coach Graham Murray.

Ex Cowboys CEO speaks highly of friend and former colleague

11.40am: THE former chief executive officer of the North Queensland Cowboys has spoken highly of his former colleague and friend, Graham Murray, who died last night.

Denis Keeffe, who is now the CQ NRL Bid CEO and the CQ Capras CEO, has told The Morning Bulletin he will remember "Muzza" fondly.

Murray, who coached the Cowboys from 2002-2008 and was the New South Wales State of Origin coach for two years, died after two heart attacks, months apart.

He had been in ill health for some time and was hospitalised in Brisbane after a suspected heart attack earlier this month, but never fully recovered.

A clearly emotional Keeffe said he spoke with Murray before the second attack.

"He was feeling fairly positive," he said.

"He was a bit shaken by it (the first attack)."

7am:TRIBUTES have flowed for former New South Wales State of Origin, NRL and English Super League coach Graham Murray, who died in hospital on Sunday night aged 58.

Murray had been in ill health for some time and was hospitalised in Brisbane after a suspected heart attack earlier this month, but never fully recovered.

His wife Amanda and daughter Kara had gathered at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital before Murray's life support was switched off at 9:44pm.

Murray coached North Queensland and the Sydney Roosters in the NRL and coached New South Wales in State of Origin in 2006 and 2007.

In a long and distinguished coaching career, Murray also coached the Leeds Rhinos in England, the Hunter Mariners in Australia's Super League and the Illawarra Steelers in the NSW Rugby League.

 

Original story at ABC news online.



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