English cricket star’s daughter dies aged 2 as club say ‘we’re devastated’
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The two-year-old daughter of English cricket star Matt Dunn has tragically died, Surrey County Cricket Club have announced.
In a statement, Surrey confirmed the heart-breaking news that Dunn's young daughter Florence has passed away after battling with Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. Director of Cricket Alec Stewart passed on his condolences to the family, stating: "We are all absolutely devastated to hear of Florence’s passing and our very best wishes are with the whole Dunn family.
"We will provide Matt and Jessica with all the support that we can."
Surrey have also confirmed they will be offering Dunn and his wife Jessica all the support they need following the devastating news.
Dunn paid tribute to his daughter on his Instagram story, sharing an image of Florence and writing: "You will forever be in my heart." A separate post on an account dedicated to Florence read: "Our beautiful girl gained her angel wings and was lost to SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy).
"To find the words at this time is almost impossible. You were so incredibly loved and the imprint you have left on so many lives is something to behold, you lit up any room you entered. We will be forever so proud of you and your fight baby girl."
The wider cricket community have also offered their condolences to the family at what is an extremely difficult time. Essex Cricket wrote: "Our heartfelt condolences go out to Matt and his family. Sending our love and strength at this sad time."
Meanwhile, Yorkshire tweeted: "Sending our love and thoughts to the Dunn family at this incredibly hard time."
Cricket fans have extended their sympathies as well, with one writing: "So sorry to hear this devastating news, sending love and prayers to the family." Another fan added: "Heartbreaking news. Deepest condolences to Matt and his family."
Dunn has featured for his home country Surrey since 2010 as well as representing England since making his debut for a development side against Sri Lanka in 2011.
A bowler by trade, the 30-year-old uses his right arm to throw but his left to bat, claiming 117 first class wickets during his career to date.
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