Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle died on Wednesday night, a week after he ceased treatment for cancer. He was 36.
His wife, Briony Lyle, issued a final statement from her husband.
“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,” he said.
Here is Mrs Lyle’s statement on her husband’s passing.
It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us.
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 on Thursday, September 27. More details later.
As per Jarrod’s wish, please donate to Challenge in lieu of gifts or flowers.
Lyle fought off cancer twice since his teens, only to have a third bout of acute myeloid leukaemia return in July last year.
Last week he went into palliative care and went home to spend time with his family.
The father of two began his professional golfing career in 2004, with a top 4 finish in his first professional event, the NSW Open, having recovered from his first bout of cancer at age 17.
He would go on to spend four years on the PGA Tour from 2007 to 2011, winning the Mexican Open and Knoxville Open in 2008, then in March 2012 he returned to Australia for the birth of his first child, and was diagnosed with a relapse of leukaemia.
Following its remission in 2013, Lyle made an emotional return to golf at the 2013 Talisker Masters at Royal Melbourne.
Australian golf writer Ben Everill described Lyle as “what Australians call a larrikin. Someone who has a mischievous streak. A wickedly sharp sense of humor. But someone who also has a kind heart. Put simply, Jarrod is a great bloke.
“He made me smile the minute I met him. And I can truly say every single time I was with Jarrod, I walked away both happier and as a better man.”
He is survived by Briony, and daughters Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.
A Gofundme page set up to educate Lusi and Jemma has so far raised $89,000 towards a target of $200,000.
You can make a donation here.
Support for the family has come from across the golfing community.
US pro golfer Bryson DeChambeau won the Long Drive Competition on the 10th hole of Bellerive on Tuesday, and donated the $25,000 to Jarrod Lyle’s daughters.
— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 8, 2018
Melbourne sports radio station 1116 SEN has been working with Lyle’s favourite charity Challenge, raising funds for Lusi and Jemma, via a Trust Fund set up by Challenge. You can donate here.
Former test spinner Shane Warne is doing his bit, offering an hour in the nets at the MCG for 10 people to raise funds for the Lyle family.
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) August 5, 2018
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