Jarrod Lyle, the 36-year-old Australian golfer who battled acute myeloid leukemia on three occasions, died Wednesday night. The news was confirmed by Golf Australia.
The former PGA Tour player had recently entered palliative care after his body, worn down by years of chemotherapy and harsh treatments, began to fail to him. The happy-go-lucky player was one of the most popular among his peers, many of whom donned yellow ribbons last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in support of their friend.
Lyle is survived by his wife, Briony, and daughters Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.
“It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us,” Briony Lyle wrote in a statement. “He passed away peacefully at 8:20 p.m. (Wednesday) 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.”
A winner of two Web.com Tour events, Lyle played three seasons on the PGA Tour and finished as high as a tie for fourth in the 2012 Northern Trust Open.
He was first diagnosed with cancer as a teenager in 1999 and beat the disease after being confined to a hospital bed for nine months. Lyle then endured a second bout with leukemia in 2012 but gained recognition for his ability to return to play professional golf after beating cancer once again.
The cancer returned again last year and, although he ended his treatment without any trace of the disease still in his system, the toll of fending it off had done significant damage to his body.
“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,” his wife’s statement said. “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.’ ”
A private and intimate family service will be held in the coming days with a public memorial service to be held in Australia at a later date, the statement said.