On Sunday, May 1, 2023, the sports world was rocked with heartbreaking news as it was announced that Shaquil Barrett, veteran NFL linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had lost his two-year-old daughter, Arrayah, to a drowning accident in their family pool.

Tampa Police responded to the call of the accident around 9:30 a.m. ET and despite receiving lifesaving measures, the young child was pronounced dead.

The Buccaneers organization quickly released a statement expressing their condolences and offering support to the Barrett family during this devastating time.

They acknowledged that no words could provide true comfort at such a profound loss, but they wanted the family to know that they had the full support of the Buccaneers family.

The statement expressed the heartbreak felt by all members of the team, and they sent their heartfelt prayers and thoughts to the Barrett family.

The NFL community also expressed their condolences to the Barrett family on social media. Many players, teams, and fans sent their thoughts and prayers to the family, with some even posting photos of themselves wearing the number 58, which is Shaquil Barrett’s jersey number. MLFootball expressed their condolences, calling it a tragedy and sending their thoughts and prayers to the Barrett family. NFL Stats simply wrote “Rest in Peace” in memory of Arrayah.

The loss of a child is an unbearable pain, and the tragedy has struck Shaquil Barrett and his family in the most profound way. Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for young children, and it can happen quickly and silently. It is a reminder that water safety is crucial, and parents and caregivers must always be vigilant when children are near water.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Barrett family during this devastating time, and we hope that they can find comfort and support from their friends, family, and the entire NFL community. May Arrayah rest in peace.