INAUGURAL Fremantle squad member Quenton Leach has died after a battle with cancer.
Leach, who was 47, played in the WA club's first AFL game and made 56 senior appearances between 1995-1998.
He famously kicked a goal after the siren against Brisbane in round eight of the 1997 season to steer the Dockers to a thrilling five-point win at Subiaco Oval.
Leach was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2016.
He was reportedly taken into palliative care this week and died on Monday afternoon.
Former West Coast captain John Worsfold, who crossed paths with Leach in four Western Derby matches, was among the leading football figures to pay tribute to the former Docker on Wednesday.
"It's tragic for his family to lose a young husband and father," Worsfold said.
Fremantle are saddened by the news of the passing of inaugural Docker Quenton Leach. Our thoughts are with his friends and family ?? #foreverfreo— Fremantle Dockers (@freodockers) April 8, 2020
"He was a wonderful footballer and had a really strong career with Fremantle."
Champion West Australian boxer Danny Green was a friend of Leach and said the "universe had lost a very special human".
Vale Quenton Leach— Swamp (@sirswampthing) April 8, 2020
FREM players to win a game by kicking a goal after the final siren
1997 - QUENTON LEACH
2002 - Jeff Farmer
2005 - Justin Longmuir
2017 - David Mundy
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"He literally was one of the funniest, loosest, yet kind and caring blokes I ever met," Green posted on Facebook.
"He was eternally making everyone laugh, and would boost peoples' spirits with his incredibly positive and uplifting energy, even when he was doing it extremely tough."
Leach is survived by wife Shannan and three children.