Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died of cancer at age 36, just eight days after he decided to go into palliative care.
The father-of-two had been fighting his third bout of acute myeloid leukaemia. Golf Australia made the announcement if his death on Twitter on Thursday morning.
We are sad to inform our audience that Jarrod passed at 8.20pm last night. Rest in peace, mate. https://t.co/HTudqeEVCY
— Golf Australia (@GolfAust) August 8, 2018
His wife Briony Lyle has since released a statement and said he spent his final week in Torquay, Victoria, with his family and close friends, including their two daughters Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.
“It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us,” she said.
“He passed away peacefully at 8.20pm last night, having spent his final week in Torquay among his family and close friends.
“Lusi, Jemma and I are filled with grief and now must confront our lives without the greatest husband and father we could ever have wished for.
“At the same time, we have been blessed and overwhelmed with the messages and actions of support from around the world and feel comforted that Jarrod was able to happily impact so many people throughout his life. Our humble thanks to you all.
“Jarrod was able to take in many of the unbelievably kind and generous acts and words in his final few days and was overwhelmed by the emotional outpouring.
“He asked that I provide a simple message: ‘Thanks for your support, it meant the world. My time was short, but if I’ve helped people think and act on behalf of those families who suffer through cancer, hopefully it wasn’t wasted.’
“We will hold an intimate and private family service in the coming days.
“There will be a public memorial service at The Sands in Torquay at a date to be announced later.
“As per Jarrod’s wish, please donate to Challenge in lieu of gifts or flowers.”
Just over a week ago, the family shared on social media that Lyle had decided to stop his cancer treatment.
“This will be the final post on Jarrod’s page,” they wrote.
“Earlier today we started palliative care for him as his body is no longer able to fight. We will take him closer to home to be near his girls.
“He has put up a courageous fight and he is surrounded by love.”
This was Lyle’s third battle with cancer, after he’d been originally diagnosed in 1998 as a teenager and later suffered a relapse in 2012.