Tributes Pour In For Ex-Raider Kato Ottio, Dead At 23

Funeral Service for late Kumul Ottio on Friday

Tributes Pour In For Ex-Raider Kato Ottio, Dead At 23

Although on his return from the World Cup the Raiders were rumored to be considering an extension to Ottio's now-ended contract, it was announced on December 1 that the PNG star had been snapped up by Super League side, Widnes Vikings following his impressive World Cup performances.

He was taken to the hospital but died early this morning.

Ottio had only taken up rugby league just over three years ago, before the Raiders spotted the former volleyball star playing in the Queensland Cup in 2015.

"Whilst we are coming to terms with this news, and still learning the full facts of this situation, we are unable to comment further at this time".

"We will make sure Wellington is in the right mind before he leaves here", Marum added. The players are having constant battles against each other in fights, contacts and wrestles, but there's nothing like a game.

Widnes coach Denis Betts said he was yet to speak to Albert but the club would do whatever was necessary to help the former Penrith Panthers prop. They have to go through proper counselling through our pastor.

"I only spoke to him last week about his move to England and he was so excited to be heading over there, one door shuts and another one opens, it was a new adventure for him and I told him it would be great move and wished him all the best", Antonelli said.

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"We were getting updates throughout the day that were not sounding very positive".

"To get this news is devastating, and our thoughts are with his family".

Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says Kato Ottio's death "knocked me for six".

Ottio made 32 appearances for the Hunters before signing for Canberra in 2016 and scored 29 tries in 23 matches for their feeder club, Mounties.

"Kato was an important part of our club and very close mate to all our boys and staff".

Our thoughts are with Ottio's friends and family at this hard time.

"On Friday, Widnes Vikings are scheduled to face Whitehaven in a pre-season friendly".

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