Sheffield United Women player Maddy Cusack has died aged 27, confirmed the club on Thursday.
Cusack had made over 100 appearances for the South Yorkshire club, having also played for Aston Villa and Birmingham City Women. She also worked as a marketing executive with Sheffield United.
A club statement read: ‘Sheffield United Football Club is devastated to report the sad news of the passing of Maddy Cusack.
‘Maddy, a women’s team player since 2019 and marketing executive for the Football Club, passed away on Wednesday.
‘A respected player, Maddy, 27, last season reached the milestone of 100 appearances for Sheffield United Women. Additionally, she was a valued colleague in the offices at Bramall Lane, moving over from the Sheffield United Community Foundation to the Club in 2021 to help market all areas of the Blades.
Stephen Bettis, Sheffield United’s chief executive officer, said: ‘This is heartbreaking news for everyone at Bramall Lane. Maddy had a unique position of being part of a number of teams at Sheffield United and was popular with everyone that she came into contact with. Her personality and professionalism made her a credit to her family – she will be sadly missed.
‘Whilst taking in the news and moving forward, the Club will offer as much support as possible to Maddy’s family, friends and colleagues.’
A statement from the FA read: ‘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.’
Former club Aston Villa posted: ‘Everyone at Aston Villa is devastated to learn of the passing of former player, Maddy Cusack.
‘Our thoughts and condolences are with Maddy’s family and friends at this difficult time.’
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