The family of Jacinda Barclay has broken their silence after the death of the extremely popular Aussie sporting star.
The Australian baseball, AFLW and American football star's death at the age of 29 has sent shockwaves through Aussie sport.
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WA police confirmed the devastating news that Barclay's body was found at a residence in Chidlow, east of Perth, on Monday afternoon.
Police and paramedics attended the scene but were unable to revive her.
— AFL Women's (@aflwomens) October 13, 2020
On Wednesday afternoon, the Barclay family released a statement and said the cross-code superstar would be remembered as a ‘shining comet’ in their lives.
“It is with deep regret and sadness that the Barclay Whanau (family) announces the passing of our beautiful and beloved daughter, Jacinda Hannah Barclay,” the statement read.
“She was a shining comet that soared through this world casting her radiant light of love on all she met.
“Though that comet has now shattered into a million pieces, the memory of it will remain a beacon for all women in high profile sports to strive to excel, to dare to be great while staying humble and proud.
“The Whanau request that you respect out privacy at this sad time.”
Sporting world pays respect to Jacinda Barclay
Teammates of the popular star have left glowing tributes to Barclay in a sign of the effect she had on so many lives that she came into contact with.
"The news is devastating and our hearts are breaking,” Steph Mur - a former teammate of Barclay's at the Chicago Bliss - wrote.
"Jacinda lived a life that most people could only imagine. She was an elite multi-sport athlete constantly shredding boundaries around the world.
"She was every coach and players’ dream- a fearless leader full of positivity, vast knowledge, eagerness to grow and dedication to every team member. More importantly, she was an all-round badass person.
"I feel honoured to have played alongside you and more importantly to have known your beautiful energy and bubbly, comedic personality. Your brightness will never stop shining in our hearts. Rest easy Cinda!”
Tributes have also been pouring in on social media as the sporting world comes to terms with Barclay's tragic passing.
My heart is heavy hearing the news that Jacinda Barclay has passed away. An incredible athlete that I met during her time with the @aflwomens @GWSGIANTS. Sending love and light to all her knew her and a reminder to us all to be kind to ourselves + those around us. pic.twitter.com/y61KbZPx2G
— LadiesWhoLeague (@LadiesWhoLeague) October 13, 2020
Cinda was such a character. Unpredictable, funny and a teammate who always had your back. She had a heart of gold and was always smiling and making you laugh. I’m so sad to hear she is no longer with us. Thinking of her family and friends and everyone at the @GWSGIANTS 🧡 https://t.co/UheyIzL347
— Phoebe McWilliams (@phoebe_mcw) October 13, 2020
Terribly sad news. Rest In Peace Jacinda 💔 https://t.co/j98TeDwW2l
— Patrick Dangerfield (@dangerfield35) October 13, 2020
— Alexandra Saundry (@AlexSaundry) October 14, 2020
Thoughts are with Jacinda’s family and friends ❤️ I always admired the courage to take on the world and any sport she felt like! 🧡 https://t.co/4Ngf7ZQGgi
— Tayla Harris (@tayla_harris7) October 13, 2020
Terribly sad news. I’m sure everyone in the AFLW community sends their love and condolences to her teammates and friends.
— Andy Maher (@AndyMaherDFA) October 13, 2020
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