Former journalist, PR person Rod Allen dies

Rod Allen, a public relations consultant with Football

Federation Australia, has died after a fall on Cockatoo Island in

Sydney Harbour. He was 45.

Police said Sunday that Allen, who was camping on the island

with his wife to help celebrate a friend’s 50th birthday, fell

about 50 meters (150 feet) to his death early Sunday.

Allen accompanied Australia’s team to South Africa for the 2010

World Cup.

The former journalist later formed his own consulting company

and most recently was the media manager for the A-League’s Western

Sydney Wanderers, who clinched first place in their inaugural

season on Friday.

FFA chief executive David Gallop said Allen ”was regarded as an

extremely professional and well-respected journalist, editor and

media manager.”