Brother of Maddy Cusack pays tribute after Sheffield United footballer tragically died aged 27
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Maddy Cusack's brother shared a heartfelt tribute after the news of her death was announced.
Cusack, who died on 20 September, was Sheffield United’s longest serving women’s player and was named vice-captain last month.
She had just started her sixth season with the team in the Women’s Championship, alongside working as a marketing executive at the club.
Cusack’s brother, Richard Cusack, shared a heartfelt tribute to his sister on social media on Thursday (22 September) which was posted in response to the announcement made by Sheffield United.
Writing on X, the app formerly known as Twitter, he wrote: “My beautiful sister. May you rest in peace Maddy.”
Fans responded to Richard’s tweet to share their condolences.
One follower commented: “Haven’t got the words to describe how amazing she was one of the most amazing people always put other [sic] first and always wanted to help out had the privilege to be able to talk to her and I just can't sum up at how amazing she was absolutely devastated mate we are all with you and your family.”
Another fan wrote: “So sorry for your loss Richard.”
A third person shared: “So sorry for your loss Rich. Sending lots of love to you and your family.”
Sports commentator Jacqui Oatley shared: “So, so sorry for everything that you and your family are going through. Thinking of you all.”
A statement on the club’s official website confirmed Cusack’s death, reading: “Sheffield United Football Club is devastated to report the sad news of the passing of Maddy Cusack.
“Maddy, 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.”
Cusack was born on 28 October 1995 and went on to study at the University of Derby where she achieved first class honours in marketing, PR and advertising.
She joined Sheffield United halfway through their first campaign in the women’s second tier in January 2019 and last season became the first woman to achieve 100 appearances for the club.
The beloved player signed a contract extension with the club in July and at the time she said: “I think everyone knows how much I love this club. This club is my home.”
The former England youth international last played on 27 August in a 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic.