Maltese Australian rugby league personality Mario Fenech Health made several headlines after his wife detailed his heartbreaking struggle with dementia.
Mario Fenech is a former game player who had a lengthy career in the New South Wales/Australian Rugby League in the 1980s and 1990s.
A legendary figure for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Mario captained the club and played as a forward for five seasons from 1986 to 1990.
Following his retirement, the rugby forward has been involved in the entertainment industry and published his book What’s Doing? in 2001.
Mario was famed for his short temper on the field in the first half of his career and was regularly sin-binned, sent off, or suspended for disciplinary breaches, acts of aggression, or foul play.
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Mario Fenech Health Update
Mario and his wife, Rebecca, celebrated their 30th anniversary this year and have been together for 36 years.
According to Dailymail, The South Sydney Rabbitohs legend suffers from memory loss and has the brain of an 80-year-old after being diagnosed with early-onset dementia seven years ago.
Following his diagnosis, Mario has advanced chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressively debilitating brain condition caused by repeated blows to the head and consistent episodes of concussion.
In 2016, the rugby forward revealed that he was suffering from early onset dementia, which he believes would result from years of head knocks and concussions during his rugby career.
Sources claim Mario had lost most of his memory of his playing career by 2022.
Their son Joe revealed how the entire family had therapy before Fenech was given his heartbreaking diagnosis.
Despite his deteriorating memory, Fenech can still recall being bullied and called a ‘wog’ at school, which motivated him to be good at rugby league.
Explore Mario Fenech’s Family Response To His Illness
Rebecca Fenech insists that all her husband’s former television colleagues know about his dementia battle.
The wife of former rugby league tough man Mario Fenech has told how former television colleagues have lost touch and abandoned him in the wake of his devastating illness.
His wife believes the show made fun of him despite being aware of his health condition and revealed that just three ex-Footy Shows remain in occasional contact with him.
The 53 years old rugby champ was living in the Botany region of Sydney during his childhood. His family believed he had the potential to become a great footballer and that his junior team, the Botany Rams.
Rebecca Fenech has opened up on the personal pain the taunting and ridicule on the show had on her husband of 30 years behind the scenes.
Rebecca revealed she only three former Footy Show stars – Paul ‘Fatty Vautin, Peter Sterling, and Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach – still have some contact with Mario, despite him showing early stages of his illness while still on the show.
Are Mario Fenech And Jeff Fenech Related?
Mario Fenech And Jeff Fenech are not biologically related but are Mario’s closest friend and former sparring partner.
Jeff Fenech is an established Australian former professional boxer who won world titles in four weight divisions, the IBF bantamweight title, the WBC super-bantamweight, the WBC featherweight title, and the WBC super-featherweight title.
In March 2005, Jeff became the trainer for former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson to relaunch Tyson’s career.
Former boxing champion Jeff revealed that seeing the long-term effect of concussions on his great-mate has been ‘scary.’