MADDY Cusack was formally identified by her devastated dad after she died at her home, an inquest has heard.
The Sheffield United star, 27, died at her home address in Horsley, Derbyshire, on September 20.
Tributes poured in from across the world following the announcement of her death, which came as she entered a sixth season with her club – having signed a new deal in July.
An inquest was opened and and adjourned at Derby Coroner's Court today as a coroner awaits further details about the cause of her death.
Assistant Coroner Louise Pinder told the short hearing Ms Cusack's death was reported to Chesterfield Coroner's Court by police on September 21.
She said Ms Cusack, who also worked in Sheffield United's commercial department as a marketing executive, had been formally identified after her death by her dad David.
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The hearing, which was only attended by members of the press, was also told her cause of death is yet to be ascertained.
Ms Pinder added: "We are awaiting a police file and the medical cause of death, therefore I am adjourning the inquest for six weeks for further review then the inquest can be listed in due course."
Ms Cusack was the Blades' longest-serving female player and the first to reach 100 appearances.
In a tribute posted on the club's official website last month, the club's chief executive Stephen Bettis said: "This is heart-breaking news for everyone at Bramall Lane.
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"Maddy had a unique position of being part of a number of teams at Sheffield United and was popular with everyone that she came into contact with.
"Her personality and professionalism made her a credit to her family – she will be sadly missed.
"While taking in the news and moving forward, the club will offer as much support as possible to Maddy's family, friends and colleagues."
A minute's silence was held before kick-off and the club's matchday programme featured on the cover a black and white picture of Cusack in a Sheffield United shirt.
A number of Lionesses also took to social media to pay their respects.
Aston Villa and England midfielder Jordan Nobbs wrote: “Sending all our love to Maddy’s family and friends.”
Tottenham and Lioness forward Beth England posted: “This is devastating news.
“My thoughts and love go out to her family, friends and everyone at Sheffield United. Rest in peace, Maddy.”
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Manchester City and England forward Lauren Hemp penned: “Awful awful news, my love and thoughts are with her family, friends and everyone at Sheffield.”
She previously played for Birmingham City and Aston Villa.
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