Tributes flow for former Altona Magic soccer star Thomas Iliovski

Altona Magic soccer star Thomas Iliovski has passed away after a battle with depression. He was only 19.

Altona Magic Soccer Club has suddenly and tragically lost one of its sons in Thomas Illiovski, a former player and captain at the club, with a spokesperson confirming the soccer star was discovered deceased on Friday.

“It is with sadness and broken hearts to advise that Altona Magic Soccer Club has lost one of our sons in Thomas Iliovski. His passing has shocked our football club to the core, a true gentleman and loved by all at Altona Magic Soccer Club,” they said.

“Thomas will be dearly missed and never forgotten by the Altona Magic family. We send our sincere condolences to the Iliovski family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.”

Thomas Iliovski, 19, is the oldest brother to sisters Bella and Liv. In a tribute posted to social media, Bella Iliovski noted her brother’s battle with mental health issues and said she is in disbelief that he is no longer with her and the family.

“I’m in disbelief you’re no longer with us. We were always here for you, but in the end, you weren’t strong enough. God had other plans for you. You’re loved by so many people and if love could have saved you, you would’ve lived forever,” she said.

“Thomas, you were the best big brother to Liv and I and I’m sure you’re taking care of us from up there just as you were before. Nothing will be the same without you and I can’t begin to imagine what life will be like.”

“You weren’t happy here and I pray you’re finally at peace. We’ll see each other someday soon bro, rest easy.”

The State Government is asking Victorians to provide input into the first ever Royal Commission into Mental Health, with public feedback now sought to help inform the scope of the wide-ranging inquiry. For more information, visit the Engage Victoria website.

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