The family of a WA basketballer who died following a freak crash in the South West say they are humbled by an outpouring of public grief and support following the tragedy.
Anthony Exeter was driving near Ludlow with his wife, Kelly, and two children on Friday afternoon when a canopy detached from a boat being towed in front, slamming into the windscreen of his car.
The 41-year-old received serious injuries and spent the weekend in Royal Perth Hospital before doctors turned off his life support Sunday night.
His family this afternoon released a statement about his death.
“Last night we said farewell to a beloved husband, father, son, brother, brother-in-law, boss and friend, Anthony Exeter,” the family said.
“Despite suffering catastrophic brain damage in a freak road accident on Friday 11th January, life support systems were able to keep him alive in ICU at Royal Perth Hospital. This gave family and friends the chance to say goodbye to him on their own terms and for his wife, Kelly, to spend one last night with him.
“Anthony passed away on Sunday 13th January shortly after his breathing tubes were removed.
“Anthony’s defining qualities were his absolute love of life and ability to live in the moment. He found a way to make any situation fun – whether it was drinks at the pub with his friends or breaking up a squabble between his two children.
“He adored his little family unit of Kelly, Jaden and Mia, and would do anything for them.
“The Exeter and Mouttet families have been humbled by the outpouring of grief, well wishes and support from the WA Basketball and Triathlon communities along with those from Anthony’s former students, teaching colleagues and clients of Swish Design.
“The family now asks for privacy to deal with huge hole that Anthony’s passing has left in their lives.”
Mrs Exeter had earlier taken to social media to pay tribute to her husband.
“(On Saturday night) I got the chance to sleep hand in hand with my soul mate,” she said.
“Tonight he passed away peacefully shortly after breathing tubes were removed.
“To say we are devastated is an understatement. For Jaden, Mia and me, he was the emotional axis our world rotated on.
“Thank you to everyone for your thoughts, wishes and prayers over the last two days.
“We are so privileged to have the network of love and support we do.”
Mr Exeter played more than 300 games for the Rockingham Flames and Perth Redbacks in the State Basketball League, earning multiple honours across his playing career.
Investigations into the crash are ongoing.
The family has asked anyone wanting to show their support to donate to rafiki mwema, an aid organisation that provides support to children in Kenya.