|Lance Thompson was born on 16 February 1978 in Sydney, Australia and died on 23 August 2018. He was an Australian professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. Thompson played for the St. George Dragons, the St. George Illawarra Dragons and the Cronulla Sharks. He primarily played in the second-row, though he also played prop.|
|Born||16 February 1978 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Died||23 August 2018 (aged 40) in Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia|
|Cause of Death||Medical Condition, yet to be disclosed|
|Wife||Staci Thompson ( (m. 1990–Div. 2009)|
|Children||He had three children, two daughters, Shalisse Thompson, Laylah Thompson and a son, Lachlan.|
|Net Worth||His Net Worth as per 2012 estimates was $125 million|
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||100 kg (15 st 10 lb; 220 lb)|
Lance Thompson Biography
Lance Thompson was born on 16 February 1978 in and died on 23 August 2018. He was an Australian professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. Thompson played for the St. George Dragons, the St. George Illawarra Dragons and the Cronulla Sharks. He primarily played in the second-row, though he also played prop. While attending Kingsgrove High School, Thompson was selected to play for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1994 and 1995. He played his junior football with Hurstville United.
Lance Thompson Death and Cause
Lance Thompson was found by his 17-year-old daughter, Shalisse Thompson, inside his Cronulla unit at 9pm on Thursday 23 August 2018. Reports suggest Thompson may have died due to a ‘medical incident’ rather than self-harm.
The daughter, Shalisse posted on Social media her devastation on the passing of her father on Friday 24 August 2018.
Lance married Staci Thompson in 1990 but she filed for a divorce in 2009.
He is survived by his children, Lachlan, Shalisse and Laylah Thompson (pictured below)
On 29 August 2018, Shalisse Thompson posted on Instragram thanking several people for the support they have shown the family during their dificult moment.
Total loss for words. Lance was one of the toughest forwards I’ve played with & looked after all of us young guys coming through the @NRL_Dragons The world just lost a great dude🙏🏼 https://t.co/fLmMp4uiK1
— Ashton Sims (@ashtonsims26) August 23, 2018
— Peter Beattie (@SmartState1) August 23, 2018
Lance Thompson Professional playing career
Thompson made his first-grade debut in Round 13 as 17 years old on 24 June 1996, St George v Cronulla at Toyota Park. He played for the club until the end of 1998. Thompson played at second-row forward for the St. George Illawarra Dragons in their 1999 NRL Grand Final loss to the Melbourne Storm. During his many years at the Dragons, Lance Thompson was a crowd favorite at Kogarah and Wollongong, and it caused some controversy amongst supporters when he departed at the end of the 2005 season.
During 2006, Thompson’s appearances for Cronulla against his former side, St George Illawarra, were highly anticipated. The first of these matches saw Thompson scoring two tries, and the second involved Dragon Dean Young being injured in a Thompson tackle, sidelining Young for most of the 2007 season. In 2007 Thompson was selected for the final time for the City side which won the annual City vs. Country match, the NSWRL’s precursor to the State of Origin series. Thompson played his final NRL game in Round 6 against the Penrith Panthers after announcing his retirement from Rugby League on Wednesday, 16 April. In a press conference, Thompson explained that the reason for this decision was an ongoing knee injury sustained in 2007 and because he was diagnosed with type one diabetes and that he had “one last game left in him.” Cronulla Sharks coach Ricky Stuart gave Thompson his last game in Round 6 for his “last hurrah.” Thompson scored a try early in the match, but Cronulla lost the game 20–21 in golden point.
Thompson later became coach of the Cronulla side in the reserve-grade New South Wales Cup competition. He owned a restaurant post-playing career. Thompson died in Cronulla on 23 August 2018.