Vale: Clinton Grybas
Gribas covered sports for FOX Footy and Radio 3AW. He was found in his apartment this morning after failing to return to work, was rushed to hospital, but was declared dead.
Clinton began with the ABC in September 1995 at the completion of a public relations/journalism degree at RMIT. He broadcast his first AFL season in 1996 at the age of 21.
He joined ABC radio in Melbourne, broadcasting AFL for ABC radio and television, plus including anchoring events such as the NBL and WNBL, Hopman Cup, Stawell Gift, Coolum Classic, Austral Wheelrace, international lawn bowls events and the National Soccer League. In 1998 he was a member of ABC Radio’s Commonwealth Games team in Kuala Lumpur, broadcasting diving, cricket and ten-pin bowling as well as providing interviews from the team village.
Grybas joined 3AW in 2001 where he covered the Australian Open, F1 Grand Prix and AFL.
Manager Graham Mott said, “He’s just one of those genuinely brilliant people who is very good at what he did and a terrific bloke as well.
“At a time like this, while you can think about the wonderful things he did it’s still hard to get over the fact he’s gone, no longer with us.
“We wish his family and friends the best at a most difficult time for everybody,” Mott said.
With FOX Sports, Grybas commentated the Sunday Twilight match with Gerard Healy and Glen Jakovich.
AFL commentator Robert Wall added, “We’re all devastated.”
UPDATED: The sports world is in shock following the apparent sleepwalking death of young gun footy caller Clinton Grybas. Friends and family of the 32-year-old found dead in his city apartment today said they understood he had died after hitting his head while sleepwalking.
They recounted incidents where the 3AW and Fox Sports figure had frightened himself by waking on his 15th floor balcony.
In another sleepwalking incident, Grybas thought an intruder had given him a headwound after hitting his head.
UPDATED: The service will now be held to the CityLife Church in Wantirna South on Tuesday Jan 15 at 11am. The church at the corner of High St Rd and Cathies Lane (Mel Ref 72 D2) seats 1850 people.