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Police launch footballer's murder probe

Homicide detectives have begun an investigation into the death of former Australian football international Ian Gray, whose body was discovered at his Sydney home.

Gray (46) was a defender and midfielder who played 35 matches and scored six goals for Australia in an international career which ran from 1984 to 1992. In 2004 he was inducted into the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame. Police say they are treating his death as suspicious.

Gray's body was found slumped in the lounge room of his Sydney apartment by friends who became concerned when he missed appointments and failed to answer his phone.