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Footballer Maddy Cusack Has Died Aged 27

Maddy Cusack Dead: The Sheffield United Women's star has sadly passed away aged 27.
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The Sheffield United Women’s star has sadly died aged 27. 

Maddy Cusack started her football career as part of Nottingham Forest’s academy before moving to Aston Villa in 2012.

She spent four years there before transferring to rivals Birmingham City and another move a year later to Leicester City.

The midfielder then joined Sheffield United in 2019, becoming the first women’s player to make 100 appearances for the club.

Tragically, Cusack’s club broke the news on September 21 that she had passed away.

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In a statement posted on the club’s website, it reads: “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.”

Maddy Cusack
Maddy Cusack has sadly died aged 27. Credit: @maddycusackkk/Instagram

Stephen Bettis, Sheffield United’s chief executive officer, has 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.”

At the time of writing, Cusack’s cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

Before Sheffield’s match against Newcastle on September 24, fans laid tributes outside Bramall Lane – the team’s stadium –  with Sheffield United players walking out wearing shirts with Cusack’s name and squad number.

Members of Cusack’s family were joined by United’s women’s captain Sophie Barker and former player Tony Currie to lay a wreath in the centre circle.

There was a minute’s silence before kick-off and fans inside the stadium began applauding in the eighth minute to represent Cusack’s squad number.

Signs and flags with Cusack’s name were on display throughout the Premier League match and the club flag was at half-mast throughout the day.

The club said prior to the match: “Ahead of the Newcastle game, we will celebrate and honour the life of Maddy Cusack, a loved and respected figure of the Sheffield United family.

“There will forever be a void in the hearts of everyone connected to the club.”

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Tributes have been made for the Sheffield United vice-captain.

In the build-up to the weekend’s match, manager Paul Heckingbottom said: “First and foremost, everyone’s thoughts are with Maddy’s friends and family.

“She has been a big part of everything in my time here. She’s a senior figure in the women’s team and in the media team. It’s tough and we need to make sure everyone is OK at the club and we all support each other.”

England women’s captain Leah Williamson posted on social media: “Sending all my love and condolences to Maddy’s family at this awful time!”

Aston Villa star Alisha Lehmann shared: “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. When I saw this I was very heartbroken REST IN PEACE DEAR.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.