THE heartbroken wife of a beloved WA basketballer who died following a car accident last week has taken to social media to pay tribute to her partner.
Kelly Exeter said her husband Anthony sustained catastrophic brain damage in a car accident in Ludlow on Friday.
It’s believed the canopy from a boat travelling in front of the car carrying Mr Exeter, his wife and their two children detached and slammed into them.
Mrs Exeter wrote that she slept hand in hand with her husband before his breathing tubes were removed.
“As most of you know, on Friday we were involved in an accident,” she wrote.
“As a result of that accident, Anthony suffered catastrophic brain damage which could not be recovered from.
“Last night I got the chance to sleep hand in hand with my soul mate. Tonight he passed away peacefully shortly after breathing tubes were removed.”
Mrs Exeter wrote that being a dad was Mr Exeter’s favourite thing and encouraged people to donate to Rafiki Mwema in his name.
Mr Exeter played for the Rockingham Flames and the Perth Redbacks in the State Basketball League.
Rockingham Flames president Warran Boucaut described Mr Exeter as an “outstanding young man” who was greatly respected and admired.
The heartbroken club members also paid tribute to Mr Exeter.
The State Basketball League paid tribute to Mr Exeter’s significant achievements in the sport.
Perth Redbacks Men’s State Basketball League head coach Nik Lackovic said Mr Exeter’s left a “huge impact” on every person he met”.
“It’s with complete devastation that last night we lost an amazing friend, father, son, brother and husband who left a huge impact on every person he met, he said.
“Anthony had excitement for life, a passion for sport, and love for his family and friends. He will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.”