Jarrod Lyle’s nearly two-decade battle with leukemia ended on Tuesday evening, when the 36-year-old pro golfer passed away just a week after choosing to end treatment in a third battle with the condition.
Lyle’s wife, Briony, shared a formal statement on her husband’s passing.
“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.'”
Lyle first started battling acute myeloid leukemia in 1999 at the age of 17, beating the disease after being given just a 20-percent chance of survival by his doctors. He went on to thrive as a professional golfer, winning twice on the Web.com Tour and making his way to the PGA Tour.
In 2012, just before his first daughter was born, he learned he would again have to fight the disease. He returned home to Australia for treatment a day after holding his newborn daughter. The PGA Tour community rallied around Lyle, showing support with yellow pins featuring Leuk the Duke, the mascot of Challenge, an Australian charity supporting children facing pediatric cancer — Lyle’s charity of choice. He played limited golf in 2015 and 2016.
When he learned he would be facing the condition for a third time, he was scared he wouldn’t have a positive outcome. After treating the condition with a mix of traditional and somewhat experimental procedures, Lyle was unable to beat leukemia for a third time without taking too much of a toll on his body. He went through periods of losing sight and having difficulty doing basic functions. Ultimately, he chose to end treatment so he could enjoy his final days with his family and loved ones.
Jarrod Lyle is survived by his wife Briony and his daughters, 6-year-old Lusi and 2-year-old Jemma.