As evening approached on October 21, 2018, an emaciated, sickly man with hollow eyes and an agitated manner staggered along Bay Street in Port Melbourne, limping and muttering, scattering startled passers-by. Could it really be him? The once-great AFL footballer? Was it really Rod Owen? Times had been tough, sure, but everyone still knew the face and the name. In a bayside town of wharfies, dealers and toughs, he could out-drink and out-brawl them all. They knew him as “Rocket”, the perfect nickname for a human missile. On good days, Owen could hide his problems and carry on like everything was fine. But this was not a good day. He was unemployed, disoriented and angry. Those who still cared about him feared the end was close. For 36 years he’d been a gambler, a fighter and an addict: alcohol, amphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, morphine, Endone. This time it was OxyContin. Owen was taking as much as he could get his hands on. Doctors thought it would help with his broken body — his hip and lower back were the latest to go. Instead it scattered his mind. He endlessly replayed his darkest memories, succumbing further to the self-destructive lifestyle he found… Read full this story
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