Police have said the death of Maddy Cusack, the former England youth international midfielder, aged 27 is not being treated as suspicious.
Cusack, who had been with women’s Championship side Sheffield United since 2019, playing more than 100 times for the club, died on Wednesday, Sept 20.
A spokesman for Derbyshire Police on Monday said: “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.
“Her death is not being treated as suspicious, and a file is being prepared for the coroner.”
Baroness Sue Campbell, the Football Association’s director of women’s football, was among those to pay tributes to Cusack, who also worked as a marketing officer for Sheffield United.
Campbell, said: “We are all devastated to learn about the passing of Maddy Cusack. On behalf of the FA, the Lionesses, the Women’s Super League and the Women’s Championship, our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Maddy’s family, friends, team-mates and everyone at Sheffield United.
“Maddy also represented England at age-group level and we will pay tribute to her at an appropriate point. We are in contact with the club and will continue to offer them our full support during this incredibly sad time.”
A statement from her club described her as a valued colleague, adding: “Sheffield United Football Club is devastated to report the sad news of the passing of Maddy Cusack. A respected player, Maddy, 27, last season reached the milestone of 100 appearances for Sheffield United Women.”
Sheffield United’s chief executive Stephen Bettis 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.”
Cusack’s former team Birmingham City also paid tribute. A statement said: “The Club are saddened to learn of the passing of former player Maddy Cusack. All of our thoughts are with Maddy’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”
Sheffield United and Cusack’s family requested a period of privacy following the news.