The Foran family, including Karina and her husband, Titans player Kieran Foran, were left heartbroken following the unexpected death of Logan, Karina’s son and Kieran’s stepson, at just 20 years of age. Logan tragically ended his own life while visiting his grandparents on NSW’s Central Coast, a day after the family had celebrated one of the highlights of Kieran’s sporting career.
Despite their immense grief over the loss of a son and stepson, the Foran family is compelled to make an impact and aspire for Logan’s legacy to be a beacon of hope for those who are struggling in Australia. “We have no power to alter the past, but we can influence the future,” Kieran said from their Gold Coast residence.
He emphasises the importance of acknowledging vulnerability and reaching out for aid in moments of emotional distress. The death of a loved one, he notes, is the only thing we can’t fix.
Karina Foran was always destined for motherhood, possessing a nurturing instinct from a young age. She had six children within seven years of having her first, Jaxson. Logan, born on October 1, 2003, in Gosford, was the last of Karina and her former husband Mat Steinwede’s four children, quickly growing from a baby brother to Jaxson, Paris, and Phoenix, into a robust, exuberant teen with dreams of becoming a pro surfer.
Logan’s charismatic personality and passion for surfing were well-known. He was disciplined, full of life and made surfing the focal point of his life.
Meanwhile, Kieran Foran was already a well-established name in the NRL. Having won a premiership with Manly in 2011 and becoming a New Zealand Test regular. Nevertheless, he faced personal hardships, including a relationship breakdown and mental health issues in 2016. That year, Kieran met Karina, then a hairdresser and gym class instructor.
Kieran recalls the challenges faced while integrating their families. He found many similarities with Logan, who relocated to the Gold Coast with the Foran family earlier this year, forging a strong bond with his stepson.
After a significant career victory against Australia, Kieran received a congratulatory message from Logan, a moment that he now cherishes. However, the joy was short-lived. The grim news of Logan’s death hit them the following day, shocking the entire family.
Karina’s grief over losing Logan is palpable. “It’s an unfathomable level of pain. The feeling is like a continuous free fall into the abyss,” she reflected.
Over a thousand supporters, including NRL players and Foran’s former Manly peers, attended Logan’s memorial held in Erina, on The Central Coast. Despite seeing Logan consume alcohol more often, the Forans believed he made a spontaneous decision that night. They are certain he did not wish to inflict any pain on his family, and want to use the tragedy to make a positive impact.
Suicide claimed over 3,200 lives in Australia last year. The Forans hope that their open discussion about their own painful loss may help save a life. They aim to spread the message that suicide is not the solution and hope to honour Logan’s legacy by contributing to suicide prevention.