The 36-year-old discontinued active treatment last week to go into palliative care to spend his remaining days with wife, Briony, and daughters Lusi and Jemma, at home in Torquay.

He slipped into a coma on Monday and at 8.20pm on Tuesday the battle he had waged against acute myeloid leukaemia three times over two decades was finally lost.

Briony Lyle released the following statement from Golf Australia and the PGA of Australia

“It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us,” she said.

“He passed away peacefully at 8.20pm last night having spent his final week in Torquay among his family and close friends.

Jarrod with wife Briony and daughter Lusi after his successful comeback at the 2013 Australian Masters. PHOTO: Getty Images. TOP PHOTO: Michael Klein

“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.

“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.’

“We will hold an intimate and private family service in the coming days. There will be a public memorial service at The Sands in Torquay at a date to be announced later.

“As per Jarrod’s wish, please donate to Challenge in lieu of gifts or flowers.”

Lyle had been fighting a third battle of acute myeloid leukaemia and his condition deteriorated in recent months when he lost his eyesight and had speech difficulties.


You can support the Lyle family by purchasing Leuk The Duck merchandise at

Alternatively, for those wishing to donate specifically to support Jarrod’s daughters, Lusi and Jemma, donations can be made directly to the family’s Trust Fund:

Name: JB & B Lyle

BSB: 013 259

Account: 378 942 198