Australian jockey Stathi Katsidis

Australian jockey Stathi Katsidis

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Top Australian Jockey Dies at Age 31

Cause of death unknown but foul play and suicide are ruled out.

Stathi Katsidis, a top jockey in Australia, was found dead at his home Oct. 19 and authorities reportedly have ruled out suspicious circumstances or suicide.

According to published reports, Katsidis, 31, was unresponsive when his partner, Melissa Jackson, attempted to wake him. The cause of death had not immediately been determined.

Katsidis, who was leading jockey in Queensland in 2007 and 2009, was the brother of Michael Katsidis, World Boxing Organization’s lightweight world champion.

The jockey had been scheduled to ride Shoot Out in the Oct. 23 Cox Plate (Aust-I) at Moonee Valley.

According to The Australian, Katsidis had overcome personal problems to rise to the top of his profession. The newspaper reported that Katsidis had weight problems and that he had served a nine-month suspension 2008 after testing positive for the drug ecstasy. He also was fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license suspended six months for a drunk driving conviction in February 2008, the newspaper reported.