Soccer player Maddy Cusack died this Wednesday at the age of 27. Her club, Sheffield United, announced the news through a statement on social media. In the post, the women's soccer club said it was "devastated," although it did not provide details on what caused the player's death:
Sheffield United Football Club is devastated to report the sad news of the passing of Maddy Cusack.
The Club and Maddy’s family would appreciate a period of privacy and will not comment further at this sad time.
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) September 21, 2023
In July, the player renewed her contract with the team, which she had signed for in 2019 and where she also worked on the marketing team. Furthermore, explains Daily Mail, she had just been named vice-captain and had become the first player to play 100 games for the club. She posted about this achievement on social media : "6 years & counting… Really happy to have signed another deal with Sheffield United. Exited for the season!"
Her club was not the only one to announce the news. Her brother, Richard Cusack, confirmed the player's death on X (formerly Twitter):
My beautiful sister. May you rest in peace Maddy ❤️ https://t.co/iGzdw4jKAh
— Richard Cusack (@RichardCusackBM) September 21, 2023
British soccer mourns the death of Maddy Cusack
The English Football Association (FA) also published a statement mourning the death of Maddy Cusack. Arsenal player Leah Williamson as well as Maddy Cusack's former team, Birmingham City, also expressed sadness over the player's sudden death:
We are all devastated to learn about the passing of Maddy Cusack.
On behalf of The FA, the Lionesses, the Women’s Super League and the Women’s Championship, our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Maddy’s family, friends, team-mates and everyone at Sheffield United.
— The FA (@FA) September 21, 2023
Sending all my love and condolences to Maddy’s family at this awful time!❤️❤️
— Leah Williamson (@leahcwilliamson) September 21, 2023
The Club are saddened to learn of the passing of former player Maddy Cusack.
All of our thoughts are with Maddy’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time. 💙 pic.twitter.com/V2pFD9Tm9q
— Birmingham City Women (@BCFCWomen) September 21, 2023