Tragedy as AFL star Zac Williams’ sister loses her battle with cancer, leaving behind three kids: ‘She showed me the true meaning of strength and love’
- Carlton star Zac Williams confirmed his sister has died
- Samantha Williams was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2021
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Carlton star Zac Williams shared his heartache on Wednesday after his sister, Samantha, lost her battle with cancer.
Samantha, a mother-of-three, was diagnosed with cancer for a second time, three days before Christmas of 2021, with doctors informing her in April this year that it was terminal.
The footy community wrapped their arms around Williams’s older sister and this afternoon the AFL player confirmed the news that his sister has passed away.
‘Truly heartbroken but my beautiful sister Sam passed away yesterday,’ he wrote on Instagram. ‘She taught me so many things and showed me the true meaning of strength and love.’
His club, Carlton, also paid tribute to Samantha and posted on Twitter: We’re wrapping our arms around and giving all our love to Zac and the Williams family. Vale, Sammy.’
Zac Williams has confirmed that his older sister, Samantha, has lost her battle with cancer
The mother-of-three was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the end of 2021
A GoFundMe page for the mother-of-three and her family has raised over $25,000
Williams’ old club GWS Giants said: ‘Sending our love to you and your family.’
‘Love ya bro,’ said Geelong star and former Giant Jeremy Cameron.
Cameron’s partner added: ‘Sending love and strength to you and your family Zac, I’m so sorry.’
Following her terminal diagnosis, a GoFundMe page was set up to help Samantha and her family through her cancer battle. Over $25,000 has been raised so far.
In April, a family statement read: ‘We wish more than anything we didn’t have to write this but on December 22nd, 2021, just three days before Christmas, our world was shaken when we were informed Samantha has cancer for the second time.
‘Now over a year later and Samantha is still fighting a now terminal diagnosis.
‘As you can imagine this has had a huge emotional, physical and financial impact on Sam and her family.
‘Samantha has a wonderful husband and three beautiful children who are doing their best to adjust to their wife and mum’s ongoing battle.’
The family were also backed by Kellie Finlayson, the wife of Williams ex-GWS Giants teammate Jeremy. She is also battling her own terminal cancer.
Williams said his sister ‘showed me the true meaning of strength and love’ during her life