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ACT Chief Police Officer Audrey Fagan Dies During Queensland Holiday

April 20th, 2007 at 10:05pm

2UE News is reporting that Queensland police have found the deceased body of holidaying ACT chief police officer Audrey Fagan. This appears to have come from an AAP report about half an hour ago.The late assistant commissioner Audrey Fagan

This is terrible and tragic news, Assistant Commissioner Audrey Fagan has done a fantastic job during her time in charge of the ACT police and will be greatly missed.

The only good aspect of this story is that Assistant Comissioner Fagan’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

My thoughts and prayers at this time are with her family and all of the ACT Police force.

Update 10:26pm: MyTalk News have a different AAP article to the one that crossed the wires about an hour ago. It is roughly the same but gives a bit more detail, including information that AC Fagan was found dead in her Queensland holiday apartment, and that a press release from the Australian Federal Police provided no information about the cause of death. End Update

Update 10:32pm
: AFP Press release. It looks like AAP just rewrote the press release to make the details a bit clearer. End Update

Update 11:02pm: 2UE’s 11pm news reports (via 4BC) that AC Fagan’s body was found on Hayman Island, one of the 70 islands in the Cumberland Island group on the Great Barrier Reef. End Update

Update 11:26pm: The Daily Telegraph is reporting the sad news that Queensland police are “considering the possibility of suicide”. This is a very sad revelation and I can only hope it turns out to be a fruitless line of investigation. End Update


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  • 1. John_Barnes  |  April 21st, 2007 at 10:47 am

    That’s a real shock. She was talking to Mike Welsh on The Drive Show only a week ago.

  • 2. davky  |  April 23rd, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Yes, very sad indeed. I have written an email to Mike Jeffreys expressing my disappointment regarding the way that he and the Canberra Times (and others) have hounded the woman.

    I suggested to him that the media often choose to grab at ‘soft targets’ i.e. no research needed, ‘shock jock’ tactics easily employed.

    I suggested to Mr J that he reconsider hounding people in future on relatively minor issues and would be better off pursuing issues larger than the target person, that effect the whole of the community.

    Sympathies to the family…

  • 3. willeegee  |  April 23rd, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    She was really an inspiration. No matter how old this news gets, it’s still so sad.

    I have heard her speak and she was really very good.

    Sorry Ms Fagan, that we couldn’t all let you know that it’s worth hanging around because we did appreciate you.

    Hope wherever you are is a better, more peaceful place.

  • 4. John_Barnes  |  April 25th, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    At the moment she’s nowhere willeegee.
    It’s a common misconception that when somebody dies they ‘go somewhere’.
    The fact is that they cease to exist. The dead are conscious of nothing at all, and they remain that way until the Resurrection.

  • 5. elleceleste  |  April 25th, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Sounds like you are the “dead” one John Barnes. Go back to your Kingdumb Hell !

  • 6. Samuel  |  April 25th, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    I would have to dispute that “fact” John, on the grounds that dead people haven’t (verifiably) come back to life to tell us what death is like. There are many opinions on the matter, but I don’t think any of them can accurately be described as fact.

    elleceleste, I think that’s a bit harsh.

  • 7. John_Barnes  |  April 26th, 2007 at 7:53 am

    In 1990, Kerry Packer suffered a heart attack and was clinically dead for 6 minutes.
    He was brought back with a portable defibrillator, and told the media that there was nothing there, and it was as though he had just been asleep.

  • 8. Samuel  |  April 26th, 2007 at 9:13 am

    I seem to recall that, and until further notice I suppose it is the closest thing we have to evidence.


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