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Shattered Johnathan Thurston breaks down in tears and admits he's ANGRY over Paul Green's death

Heartbroken Johnathan Thurston bursts into tears over Paul Green’s death and admits he’s ANGRY at his mate and former coach – as he reveals what the pair talked about the night before disaster struck

  • Thurston and Green won the 2015 Grand Final with the North Queensland Cowboys
  • Footy legend collapsed on TV Monday as he spoke of his buddy’s death
  • Revealed that he and teammate Gavin Cooper spoke to Green just before he died
  • If you or someone you know needs support, please contact Lifeline 131 114 or Beyond Blue at 1300 224 636

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Johnathan Thurston has collapsed as he expressed his grief and anger over the death of fellow footy legend Paul Green, who committed suicide last Wednesday at the age of 49.

The former North Queensland Cowboys superstar broke his silence on the passing of his big buddy after the news left him so devastated that he was unable to fulfill his Channel Nine commentary duty last Thursday night.

Rollercoaster of emotions. It’s hard…I’m sad, I’m angry,” Thurston said Monday night on Nine’s 100% Footy, revealing that he and his teammate Gavin Cooper had spoken to Green on the night of his death.

He said, ‘Call me if you want to talk. You have so much to live for. You have health, family, children.’ So it just doesn’t make sense.

‘I’m thinking about [Green’s wife] Amanda and the kids. It just breaks my heart.’

A heartbroken Thurston couldn't contain his grief as he spoke publicly for the first time since the tragic death of his buddy, mentor and ex-coach Paul Green last Wednesday

A heartbroken Thurston couldn’t contain his grief as he spoke publicly for the first time since the tragic death of his buddy, mentor and ex-coach Paul Green last Wednesday

Cowboys legend cried as he begged Australians to drop their 'she'll be right' attitude to men's mental health

Cowboys legend cried as he begged Australians to drop their 'she'll be right' attitude to men's mental health

Cowboys legend cried as he begged Australians to drop their ‘she’ll be right’ attitude to men’s mental health

The death of the man who coached the Cowboys to their first premiership in 2015 has put a renewed focus on mental health in football, and Thurston took the case on the show.

He said that before the issue came to the fore in the past 10 to 15 years, there was a “she’s right” attitude.

‘Well, it won’t be good! It’s not going to be okay,” he said, bursting into tears.

“We need to be there for our friends and let them talk about their feelings and what they’re going through and [make them] seek professional help if they need it.

“Gone are the days when she’s proven right, when suicide costs far too many lives in this country.”

Thurston also thought about what he loved about his partner.

“He would get a few under his belt and start singing ‘Ice Ice Baby’. That was his goal [song].

“He loved bringing people together.”

It is the first time that the Cowboys champion has spoken out publicly about Green’s death.

Thurston and Green made history when they sent North Queensland to its first premiership in 2015 in a stellar all-time grand final win over the Brisbane Broncos (pictured)

Thurston and Green made history when they sent North Queensland to its first premiership in 2015 in a stellar all-time grand final win over the Brisbane Broncos (pictured)

Thurston and Green made history when they sent North Queensland to its first premiership in 2015 in a stellar all-time grand final win over the Brisbane Broncos (pictured)

Thurston struggled for years to realize his dream of bringing the NRL trophy to Townsville - and Green helped him make it a reality

Thurston struggled for years to realize his dream of bringing the NRL trophy to Townsville - and Green helped him make it a reality

Thurston struggled for years to realize his dream of bringing the NRL trophy to Townsville – and Green helped him make it a reality

The pair led the club to a thrilling gold final win over the Brisbane Broncos in 2015 and were famously embraced on the pitch after the historic win.

Thurston was in too much ‘pain’ to join the Nine commentary team for last Thursday’s Melbourne-Penrith match, which took place just a day after Green’s tragic death.

Former Queensland and Kangaroos teammate Cameron Smith gave insight into his state of mind at the time.

“I spent a few hours with JT this afternoon. He was absolutely devastated, as were many of the players and his teammates in that Cowboys outfit coached by Paul Green,” Smith said.

If you or someone you know needs support, please contact Lifeline 131 114 or Beyond Blue at 1300 224 636

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