Australian Golfer Jarrod Lyle has died after a long battle with leukemia at the age of 36 on Wednesday at his home in Torquay, Victoria.
He is survived by his wife Briony Lyle and daughters Lusi, aged 6, and Jemma, aged 2. Jarrod ended his treatment for myeloid leukemia last week and decided to spent his final days with family and loved ones.
His wife released a statement confirming his death, which read:
"It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us. 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.'"
"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."
His wife added.
The former US PGA Tour player was diagnosed with leukemia at 17 which recurred in 2012. He returned to professional golf at the Australian Masters in November 2013 after winning the battle of life. However, he was again diagnosed in 2017.
Several golfers paid tribute to Lyle and showed their support to his family making donations. Bryson DeChambeau who won the longest drive competition donated his $25,000 prize money to Jarrod Lyle Fund. Later, Tiger Woods also donated $10,000 in support of Lyle's two daughters. About $90,000 has already been collected through a funding website.