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Jason Day loses eight family members to Typhoon Haiyan

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Eight members of Jason Day’s family died as a result of Typhoon Haiyan, a record-setting storm that hit the Philippines on Nov. 8 and has account for almost 4000 deaths.

The Herald Sun is reporting that Day’s grandmother, uncle and six cousins died in the disaster. One of Day’s aunts was found alive despite being swept to another village, according to the report, while another aunt’s family survived after binding themselves together with rope and taking refuge in an attic.

Day’s mother, Dening, migrated from to Philipines to Australia three decades ago, where the 26-year-old Day was born. According to one of Day’s sisters, Yanna, her sister Kim was the only sibling to have met the grandmother and extended family. But that the loss “impacted all of them,” Yanna said.

Day is scheduled to play in the ISPS World Cup at The Royal Melbourne Club in Melbourne, Australia this week. He released the following statement today through the PGA Tour:

“I am deeply saddened to confirm that multiple members of my family lost their lives as the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. 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 Phillipines, 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.”

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  1. TheLegend

    Nov 22, 2013 at 12:40 am

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  2. Pat M

    Nov 19, 2013 at 12:21 am

    So sad. Jason is a fine young man.

  3. Trojan615

    Nov 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    One of golf and life’s good guys, sorry for your loss jd

  4. beef

    Nov 18, 2013 at 12:09 am

    My thoughts go out to Jason and his family.Words cannot say enough . god bless gb

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