Golfer Jarrod Lyle dies at the age of 36 after ending cancer treatment
Jarrod was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 1999 at age of 17. However, while in remission, cancer returned in 2012 when he was 30, and again in 2017, when he was 35
Australian pro golfer Jarrod Lyle died peacefully at his home at Torquay, Victoria, at the age of 36 on Wednesday, August 8. The news of his death was announced by his wife Briony via a statement to The Sydney Morning Herald the next day.
Her statement read: “It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us. He passed away peacefully at 8:20 pm last night, having spent his final week in Torquay among his family and close friends.” She further added that their two daughters, 6-year-old Lusi and 2-year-old Jemma, are “filled with grief and now must confront our lives without the greatest husband and father we could ever have wished for.”
“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,” Briony continued to state.
“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.”
Jarrod Lyle fought one heck of a battle 🎗️— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) August 9, 2018
You will be dearly missed. pic.twitter.com/vxLCzort9s
“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,’” she further added.
Jarrod was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 1999 at age of 17. However, while in remission, cancer returned in 2012 when he was 30, and again in 2017, when he was 35. On July 31, Briony announced via his Instagram that he has made the decision to stop getting “active treatment” for his cancer, instead, opting for palliative care, which he could receive at home.
"I could tell from the start that this third cancer battle was going to be tough. There was a confidence in him the first two times, an ‘I’m going to beat this’ attitude," Allenby wrote. "It was different this time. We were at the Australian Open in November and he said to me, ‘I’m really scared. I don’t think this is going to be a great outcome."
Meanwhile, Jarrod’s fans have been sharing sweet messages in memory of their beloved golfer on social media.
We are truly heartbroken today as we say goodbye to our friend Jarrod Lyle. Jarrod showed amazing courage and grace throughout his battle, and we will miss him dearly. We send our deepest sympathies to the entire Lyle family. pic.twitter.com/90bP8iyQTN— Titleist (@Titleist) August 8, 2018
It is through a river of tears I say goodbye to my friend Jarrod Lyle. A wonderful father, friend and golfer. Quick with a joke, didn’t mind a beer, and just a pure joy to be around every day. Miss you mate. RIP— Greg Chalmers (@GregChalmersPGA) August 8, 2018
Just learned of the sad news tonight as Jarrod Lyle has passed away. We do our best to honor him on Live From in moments.— Rich Lerner (@RichLernerGC) August 8, 2018
We are very sad to hear of Jarrod Lyle’s passing. He fought a good fight and will be forever remembered for his courage, strength, perseverance and the light he brought to all of our lives. The world lost a good man. RIP Jarrod. - Ernie, Liezl, Samantha and Ben— Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) August 8, 2018
RIP Jarrod Lyle....🙏🏼— Trevor Immelman (@TrevorImmelman) August 8, 2018
Your strength, perseverance and courage was a example for all.
Incredibly sad news about Jarrod Lyle. Tough times for everyone on tour losing someone so special but I cannot imagine what he and his family went and are going through. RIP— Francesco Molinari (@F_Molinari) August 8, 2018