2-year-old daughter of Tampa Bay Buccaneers star linebacker drowned to death in family pool

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The 2-year-old daughter of Tampa Bay Buccaneers star linebacker Shaquil Barrett drowned to death in a swimming pool at the family’s home on Sunday, according to police.

Around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a call about a child who had fallen into the family pool of Barrett’s home in the Beach Park neighborhood in South Tampa. Barrett’s 2-year-old daughter Arrayah was rushed to a local hospital, but she was later pronounced dead.

Police said, “The investigation is ongoing. It is not believed to be suspicious in nature at this time, but a purely accidental and tragic incident.”

Barrett and his wife Jordanna have three other children, but Arrayah was their youngest child.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released a statement, “Today’s tragic news is heartbreaking for all members of the Buccaneers family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shaq, Jordanna and the entire Barrett family during this unimaginably difficult time.”

“While no words can provide true comfort at a time such as this,” the NFL team added. “We offer our support and love as they begin to process this very profound loss of their beloved Arrayah.”

The Tampa Police Department is investigating the sudden death.

On April 19, Barrett wished his daughter a happy second birthday in an Instagram post.

“Happy 2nd bday to my cutie girl. So sweet and cute. You made our family complete. I love you baby girl,” Barrett wrote on Instagram.

Barrett is currently recovering from a torn Achilles injury that sidelined him for the second half of last season. Barrett is entering his fifth season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after starting the first four years of his NFL career with the Denver Broncos. In 2019, Barrett led the NFL with 19½ sacks. Barrett is a two-time Pro Bowl player and two-time Super Bowl champion.

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