Beloved Rugby League star Matt Callander is no more among us. After a long battle with brain cancer, he has died at the age of 46 while he was surrounded by the family.
Matt had been fighting the disease for almost two years after being diagnosed with incurable grade four Glioblastoma Multiforme.
The former Channel Nine executive producer, Matt had originated the special Beanies for Brain Cancer NRL round this year, raising nearly $2 million.
Matt Callander spearheaded the special Beanies for Brain Cancer NRL round this year, raising nearly $2 million
The passing of the son of racing legend Kenny Callander comes just days after trainer Chris Waller dedicated Winx's Cox Plate victory to him.
The father-of-four, Matt's family had been by his side in hospital at the time, with father Kenny telling the Sydney Morning Herald it was 'an emotional moment'.
Husband and wife: Matt Callander and Anne
Diagnosed in 2016, Matt Callander underwent a series of grueling chemotherapy sessions and drug trials in a bid to halt the disease. In November of the following year, he underwent awake brain surgery, before being told the prognosis was not good.