Former Silver Fern Tania Dalton has died after her family's decision to turn off life support.Ms Dalton suffered from a brain aneurysm during a social game of touch rugby in Takapuna on Thursday, and was taken to hospital in a critical condition at Auckland Hospital.Family spokesman Chris Henderson confirmed the news of her death on Wednesday afternoon.On Tuesday afternoon, her family made the decision to take the 45-year-old off life support."It is expected that she will slip away when she is ready, anytime from now," the family said in a statement.The decision was made following tests results which showed "massive blood loss" which lead to loss of oxygen to the brain for an extended period. The damage was irreversible."The family had no choice but to allow nature to take its course," the statement said.Ms Dalton played 12 tests for the Silver Ferns, making her debut against South Africa in 1996.She was part of the world championship-winning side at that 2003 tournament in Kingston in which New Zealand defeated rivals Australia 49-47 in the final.Back home, she played for the Northern Force, Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic and the Southern Sting.Newshub.
Following her retirement from the sport, she became a netball commentator for Sky Sport.
A memorial for her will be held on Monday 6th March at Auckland's QBE Stadium (formerly known as North Harbour Stadium in Albany), with more details to be released closer to the time.