NRL star Payne Haas has posted a devastating tribute to older brother Chace, who has died at the age of 22.
Chace Haas was left a quadriplegic in a car accident at just five months old.
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Brisbane Broncos forward Payne Haas, 20, took to social media to announce the devastating news on Thursday.
“Confused at the moment but I know you won’t want me down just going to soldier on till my heart stops like you did!” he wrote.
“I love you forever my best friend, my role model but most importantly my big brother.
“Going to miss our banter and seeing your big smile whenever I come home to see you but I know you’re going to be watching over all of us every step of the way.
“Thanks for being there for me when no one else was, I’m going to carry your name with me everywhere I go I did this for you before this happened and I’m going to keep doing this for you.
“Staunchest person I’ve ever met I’m missing you already honestly, Ride or Die my Hitta I’ll see you soon. Say hello to grandma for me as well.”
Broncos players Jamayne Isaako, Alex Glenn and Anthony Milford were among a number of NRL stars to send their condolences to the Haas family.
Payne Haas opens up about life-changing accident
Haas recently opened up about his brother’s plight in an interview with NRL.com.
Chace suffered severe whiplash and spinal damage in 1999 when the family car lost control and hit a tree while travelling between Canberra and Goulburn.
Payne was born around eight months after the life-changing accident.
“I wish it was me,” Payne told NRL.com last year.
“If I could go back and put myself in the situation he was in, I’d take that burden for him.
“I would love to see him live the life I am. I’d sit in that chair for the rest of my life to see him walk.
“Sometimes I cry in my room. I pray sometimes that things were never like that. I wish he was running around like us.
“Dad used to show us photos of how Chace was on life support.
“I’ve got life pretty easy. My brother knows real struggle.”
Chace posted a touching tribute to Payne before his brother’s State of Origin debut for NSW in 2019.
“Words can’t describe how I feel about my little brother,” he wrote.
“When he said he was going to play for the Blues … It means everything to me. More than to him. I was very emotional to hear it. I’m blue to the bones. Always have been, always will be.
“When he runs on the field, he takes all of us with him. Every day I look up to my little bro. Every time I see him on TV he makes me really happy.
“He’s 100 per cent my hero. I will always protect him, no matter what.”
So sad to hear the passing of Payne Haas’ brother, Chace. Spent the day with Chace and his family in Queensland before Payne’s Origin debut last year producing this story for @NRLcom. Never met anyone so proud of his little brother. Thoughts with the Haas family 🙏 https://t.co/S3xVcul0Vw
— Michael Chammas (@MichaelChammas) August 20, 2020
Thats so sad 😪
— Bub (@SurprisedWow) August 20, 2020
I am so sad for the Family it is very hard to lose a dearly loved one I wish you hope and strength in the times ahead
— L J Bushnell (@melonygrayson) August 20, 2020