Footballer Maddy Cusack’s death aged 27 ‘not suspicious’ as police share update

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    Police are not treating the death of Sheffield United midfielder Maddy Cusack as suspicious.

    Cusack passed away aged 27 last week with the Blades paying an emotional tribute ahead of their game against Newcastle this weekend. She had made over 100 appearances for the club while also working as a marketing executive.

    Derbyshire Police have now confirmed her death is not being viewed as suspicious. A statement added: “We were called to a property in Lady Lea Road, Horsley, just after 6.35pm on Wednesday 20 September. A woman, in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family are aware and are being supported by specialist officers.”

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    Members of Cusack's family were at Bramall Lane for the Premier League clash on Sunday and laid a wreath on the pitch. Women's captain Sophie Barker and former player Tony Currie also paid tribute.

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

    Cusack came through the academy at Nottingham Forest before joining Aston Villa in 2012. She moved to the Steel City five years later, where she cemented her reputation as a likeable figure after adding her marketing role in 2021.

    "This is heartbreaking news for everyone at Bramall Lane," said chief executive officer Stephen Bettis. "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."

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