In a heartbreaking announcement made on Thursday, July 9th, 2018, Briony announced that her husband, professional Australian golfer, Jarrod Lyle, 36, had died.
The tragic news hit fans hard after just one week of learning that Jarrod had opted out of cancer treatment. Jarrod, who had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia for the third time in less than 15 years, decided in the first week of August that he could not endure any more treatment and needed to spend his time with his family.
Jarrod was known for his stellar golf skills and for beating cancer twice before. After beating leukemia for the first time at age 17, Jarrod went on to play professional golf in Australia as well as the PGA Tour. During his time, he played with great success and became one of the world’s most universally-admired golfers.
CNN reports that after getting diagnosed a second time in 2015 and a third time in 2017, Jarrod would no longer be able to receive treatment and continue in the PGA Tour.
Jarrod’s former best friend and fellow profession golfer, Robert Allenby, shared that Jarrod’s third diagnosis “was different from his first two.” In a heartbreaking statement, he shared: “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.”
He went on to share Jarrod’s fears: “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.” Only months later, he would pass away.
Jarrod’s last week was spent in the comfort of his home where he was surrounded by his family and friends. He and his loving wife had two children: Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.
In her heartbreaking statement released to The Sydney Morning Herald, Briony writes: “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.”
Leaving fans with Jarrod’s positive spirit, she ended her heartbreaking statement with Jarrod’s last wish to those he had just left behind: “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.”