June 2018 | Australia's bitter harvest: 'There will be more deaths'

Date: 18 June 2018

Source: SBS

Jone Roqica, a former Fijian army captain and prison officer who once played rugby for his country, collapsed while picking apples in regional Victoria last month.

His death, on a crisp 12-degree Saturday towards the end of the harvest near the Goulburn Valley township of Shepparton, came as a shock to his cousin, Dave Raulini.

He describes the 52-year-old father to SBS News as a “really disciplined and very fit” teetotaler who once ran out on the field for Fiji during a Rugby Sevens tour of the UK.

“How can he pass away with his bag of apples?” Mr Raulini said. “Just passed away down below.”