The typhoon that devastated the Philippines claimed the lives of eight members of golfer Jason Day’s family, including his grandmother.
Day’s uncle and six cousins also died in the typhoon.
“I am deeply saddened to confirm that multiple members of my family lost their lives as the victims of Typhoon Haiyan,” Day said in a statement released by the PGA Tour. “My family and I are thankful for all who have reached out with their prayers and concern.
“We feel devastated for all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy. While I understand the media’s interest in this matter and hope that any coverage can spread awareness to assist with the relief efforts that continue in the Philippines, I hope that all will respect my family’s privacy during this difficult time. I will have no further public comments at this time. Please pray for all who have suffered loss. Thank you.”
Over 4,000 death have been reported, with another 1,000 people missing.
Day’s mother, Dening, moved from the Philippines to Australia 30 years ago and she told the Gold Coast Bulletin that one of his aunts was was found alive after being swept to another village. Many of her family members live around Tacloban, capital of the hardest-hit province.
Day and Adam Scott are expected to play in the World Cup of Golf later this week in Melbourne.