NFL Reporter Shares Death of 2-Year-Old Daughter After Leukemia Diagnosis: 'She Deserved the World'

Doug Kyed shared the heartbreaking news of the death of his 2-year-old daughter, Hallie, who "died peacefully" on Sunday

<p>Doug Kyed/Instagram</p> Doug Kyed and his daughter Hallie

Doug Kyed/Instagram

Doug Kyed and his daughter Hallie

A Boston couple is mourning the loss of their 2-year-old.

Doug Kyed, a beat reporter for the New England Patriots at the Boston Herald, shared the news in an Instagram post on Sunday that his daughter, whom he shares with his wife Jen, had “died peacefully in her sleep” the night before, nine-months after she was diagnosed with leukemia.

“We’re completely lost and heartbroken without Hallie. Our lives will never be the same. Hallie was a special kid, and she made a positive impact on so many people she met. We were lucky to be her parents, and Olivia was fortunate to have the best baby sister,” his lengthy tribute to his younger daughter began.

In the caption, Kyed detailed his daughter’s journey with an “aggressive form of leukemia” that  “had grown out of control by the time she started a trial treatment.” She had recently “relapsed” after a bone marrow transplant, and chemotherapy was thereafter “ineffective.”

<p>Doug Kyed/Instagram</p>

Doug Kyed/Instagram

His wife, Jen, said that Hallie “passed away comfortably and peacefully, snuggled next to Doug and me at Children’s Hospital, where the whole family stayed the past week to spend every minute with her” in her own Instagram post.

“I don’t know how any of this works. I hope she woke up in an alternate universe with other versions of us and she lives a beautiful life. I’d give anything to have her snuggling in bed with me,” Jen continued. “She deserved the world. Miss you endlessly. We will meet in our dreams. I love you forever, love bug 💕.”

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Kyed described Hallie as his “koala baby” who “loved painting, LOL dolls, her pink Hallie blanket, boots, using sign language for ‘more,’ having an assortment of chips, her cat Rambe, puppies and her family.”

“The world is a worse place without Hallie in it,” he wrote.

<p>Doug Kyed/Instagram</p> Doug Kyed's daughter Hallie

Doug Kyed/Instagram

Doug Kyed's daughter Hallie

“If you can take anything from Hallie today, it’s to know exactly what you want and to be persistent in asking for it, whether it’s going on a walk, ride in the car or wearing one particular Disney dress (usually Cruella),” he continued. “I’ll miss rubbing her hair and kissing her head and telling her I love her the most.”

The NFL reporter said that he and his wife would be sharing updates about Hallie's "memorial services" in due time.

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