Sheff Utd Launch External investigation into Cusack's death

A "thorough external investigation" has been launched into the death of Sheffield United FC midfielder Maddy Cusack, after her family said her spirit was "allowed to be broken".

The club agreed to carry out the investigation at the request of Cusack's family, after the 27-year-old died at her home in Derbyshire on 20 September.

Just before her death, Cusack had started her sixth season with the Blades in the Women's Championship and was the longest-serving player in their squad, with over 100 appearances. She also worked as a marketing executive at the club.

Derbyshire Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. Last month, a coroner opened and adjourned an inquest into her death, local media reported.

On Monday, the Maddy Cusack Foundation, launched by the footballer's family, shared a speech on social media attributed to Cusack's mother, Deborah.

The statement was originally delivered at a memorial service for the former Blades vice-captain in late October.

In it, her mother said Cusack's "happy-go-lucky" spirit had gradually changed after February, and the reason she was speaking at the memorial was because of football.

"From February this year, the indomitable, irrepressible spirit, the spirit called Maddy, the spirit that I had so fearlessly protected was allowed to be broken. Taking her away from me," the statement read.