Port Adelaide legend Russell Ebert has been diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukemia, a form of cancer which affects the production and function of blood cells.
The 71-year-old’s diagnosis was confirmed by the club in a statement on Wednesday afternoon, where it revealed that he has already begun intensive treatment.
“Russell and his family thank those who have already made contact to pass on their support and well wishes,” the club statement read.
“He would like to in particular thank the members and supporters of the Port Adelaide Football Club for their wonderful support over so many years.
“The club asks everyone to respect the privacy of Russell and his extended family at this time so they can focus on his treatment.”
Ebert is the most famous figure in the club’s rich history, having played 391 games for Port Adelaide between 1968 and 1985, before coaching the side for four years.
Ebert played in Port Adelaide’s 1977, 1980 and 1981 premiership sides and is a four-time Magarey Medallist and a six-time club best and fairest winner.
The Ebert legacy has been carried forward at Port Adelaide by his son Brett, who played 166 games for the club, and his nephew Brad, who recently retired after 184 games for Port.