Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died at the age of 36, his wife has announced.
Lyle decided to enter palliative care last week after ending treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia.
The much-loved golfer courageously beat cancer in 1998, as a teenager, and then again in 2012.
He returned to play professional golf on both occasions.
Lyle is survived by his wife, Briony, and his two daughters, Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.
Ms Lyle confirmed the heartbreaking news in a statement released through Golf Australia on Thursday morning.
“It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us,” Ms Lyle said in a statement.
“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.”
Ms Lyle said that Jarrod had asked her to send a final message to his fans.
“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’,” the statement said.
My heart breaks as I type this message. Earlier today Jarrod made the decision to stop active treatment and begin…
The statement also said an intimate and private family service would be held in coming days, with a public memorial, to be held at The Sands in Torquay, also on the cards.
“As per Jarrod’s wish, please donate to Challenge (a charity that supports children with cancer) in lieu of gifts or flowers,” Ms Lyle said.
Lyle won two titles in his professional career and reached a career-high ranking of 142.