Bombers mourn long-time club doctor Bruce Reid

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Essendon are mourning the death of long-serving club doctor Bruce Reid, who passed away earlier this week.

He had been enduring a battle with mesothelioma. Reid was 74.

Reid served at the Dons for well over three decades and was much-loved by Bombers of several generations.

He played three games for Hawthorn between 1966 and 1967.

Reid was embroiled in the Bombers' supplements saga but was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing.

Former Dons captain Brendon Goddard paid tribute to Reid on AFL Trade Radio on Wednesday.

"It's sad news for everyone, especially [wife] Judy and the kids. The footy club was almost like a sanctuary for him, he just loved the club and the boys. He has had such an immense impact on so many people's lives. Such a wonderful man," Goddard said.

Scott Cummings was another former Bomber to pay tribute to Reid. "Absolutely shattered to hear of the passing of Bruce Reid. Some ppl just leave a lasting positive mark on u and that to me is the meaning of life. My heart goes out to his family and all my ex teammates and other Essendon players and staff who love him so much. #valebrucereid," Cummings posted on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

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