Former Geelong president Costa dies

Former Geelong AFL club president Frank Costa has died at the age of 83.

Long-time Geelong AFL club president and philanthropist Frank Costa has died after a year-long battle with illness at the age of 83.

Costa passed away in his sleep on Sunday morning.

He took over the Geelong presidency when the AFL club was in serious financial trouble in 1998 and oversaw a major rebuild that led to one of its most successful eras.

The Cats won flags in 2007 and 2009 under Costa's presidency and a third one in 2011, the year he handed over to Colin Carter.