Statement: Johnathon Thurston on Arthur Beetson

"Artie was an inspiration to all Indigenous rugby league players, including myself, and will always be remembered as one of the greats of the game.

"All Queensland State of Origin players are aware of the impact he had at the start of Origin as the Maroons' first captain and again later on when he coached the Maroons.

"Very few people have done as much for Queensland rugby league as he has.

"Artie was a true Queensland icon.

"I'm very sad to hear he has passed away and my thoughts are with his family and friends.