Jim Stynes, a hugely popular figure in both GAA and Australian Rules, has passed away on Monday night having finally succumbed to his battle with cancer aged just 45.
Stynes, who wrote himself into history when becoming the first international player to claim the prestigious Brownlow Medal in Australian Rules, battled cancer for two and a half years and was more open about his struggle than most.
Throughout his fight with cancer Stynes shared his experiences with everyone. His remarkable courage in the face of adversity gave hope to thousands of other people affected by cancer.
Stynes leaves behind wife Sam and children Matisse and Tiernan.
In a statement released on Facebook, Jim’s wife Sam said “”Jim was pain free, dignified and peaceful. (His children) Matisse and Tiernan were present.
“It is an incredibly sad time, however Jim in his passing, has made us see that in our grief that we can smile in our hearts for a beautiful man who will forever hold a special place in the hearts of many. Jim’s lesson is that life was to be challenged and treasured.
“In his final days Jim was immersed with insurmountable love and tenderness surrounded by his family and some close friends in the comfort of his own home.
“On behalf of Jim my heartfelt thanks to all those who have so generously cared for, guided and supported Jim throughout his challenging cancer battle.”