NFL Reporter Shares Heartbreaking Loss of Daughter to Cancer

NFL reporter Doug Kyed has shared the deeply sad news that his two-year-old daughter has passed away, nine months after being diagnosed with leukemia.

In April 2023, the family received the devastating news that little Hallie Kyed had leukemia. Doug, who works for the Boston Herald, took to Instagram to announce that his daughter lost her battle in January 2021.

Doug disclosed that after a bone marrow transplant, Hallie’s condition took a turn for the worse.

“Hallie died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday morning as Jen and I held her hands in bed,” Doug wrote. “We’re completely lost and heartbroken without Hallie. Our lives will never be the same.”

Following Hallie’s relapse, Doug wrote that the family was trying to remain positive despite the clear challenges his daughter faced.

“I’m choosing to stay positive,” the reporter said at the time.

“Hallie has beaten every single obstacle that AML has thrown her so far. This will absolutely be her toughest test, but if anyone can topple it, it’s our fierce little Hallie Bear.”

Doug acknowledged that they “knew the prognosis was poor when she relapsed after her bone marrow transplant, so the whole family spent special time at the hospital last week, but we held out hope for remission because of how brave, strong, and resilient Hallie had been through her entire nine-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia and all of its complications.”

According to the American Cancer Society, acute myeloid leukemia starts in the bone marrow but quickly moves into the blood. It can subsequently spread to the lymph nodes, liver, spleen, and central nervous system.

Doug told the Boston Herald that he had spent nearly half his nights at Boston’s Children Hospital since his daughter’s diagnosis.

“My wife and I have switched off between caring for Hallie and our 5-year-old, Olivia, at home,” he explained.

Doug’s wife Jen described the feeling of losing their daughter as having a hole in her heart.

“There is a giant hole in my heart and the pain is excruciating,” Jen Kyed shared. “I will never understand why or how something so horrible can happen.”

Rest in peace, Hallie.