Two-year-old Shaquil’s daughter drowned in the swimming pool of her family home.
On Sunday morning, police were called after a child fell into a swimming pool in Beach Park in south Tampa, Florida.
Barrett’s youngest daughter, Arrayah was taken to the hospital and died later.
Two weeks prior, the toddler celebrated her second birthday with a party themed on baby sharks. Friends and family attended.
Barrett’s final Instagram post wished his daughter a happy birthday, and wrote: “Happy second bday to cutie girl.” It’s so sweet and adorable. You have made our family complete. “I love you, baby girl.”
The police have stated that they don’t believe the death of the child is suspicious, but rather “a tragic and accidental incident”.
Barrett, 30, his wife Jordanna, and their three children, Shaquil Jr., Braylon and Aaliyah, have also adopted two other children.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers team of Barrett, who played for the NFL , released a statement saying: “Today’s tragic news is heartbreaking to all Buccaneers members.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shaq, Jordanna, and the Barrett family at this difficult time.
We offer our love and support as they process the loss of their beloved Arrayah.
Tom Brady, Barrett’s NFL teammate, paid Barrett a tribute on Instagram by posting a photo of Barrett with his family and the words, “The Bradys love you”.
Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Denver Broncos, wrote on Twitter “Heartbreaking.” Shaq, I’m praying for you and your entire family.
Barrett, a linebacker who spent the first four years of his career in Denver, now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.