The sports world and BYU Cougars family is mourning the loss of one of their biggest and smallest cheerleaders, the 3-year-old daughter of running back coach Reno Mahe. The former NFL player and current BYU coach's family wrote on a Facebook post Tuesday night that Elsie Mahe passed away.

"Our Elsie girl has officially been released to heaven – at least from a worldly, paperwork stand point. Her second neurological death exam was also positive for brain death," wrote Mahe's wife Sunny Mahe.

Last Tuesday, the toddler was found entangled and hanging from a mini blind cord. According to Yahoo Sports, Elsie was found by her 4-year-old friend.

Elsie's mother, a former BYU volleyball player, performed CPR on her daughter and was then airlifted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Timeline on Reno Mahe's daughter Elsie's condition after the accident

According to ESPN, an MRI report found extensive brain damage on Friday. The family met with the hospital's organ team on Sunday when she was showing signs of improvement. She began to breathe on her own and without a ventilator. But on Monday, Elsie suffered a seizure and could no longer breathe on her own.

The BYU family showed support for Elsie over the weekend

Three-year-old Elsie was one of seven children. Despite her big immediate family, her BYU family was even bigger. Several BYU players including punter Jonny Lineman and running back Jamaal Williams wore pink to honor her during Saturday's game.

Pink was Elsie's favorite color. The team was able to get a win for the girl beating rival Utah State 28-10. Williams gave Mahe the game ball. BYU's official Twitter tweeted out a photo of fans in the stands holding a blown up photo of the toddler.

Reno Mahe's daughter Elsie has a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses

Elsie's story has touched many across the country. Her GoFundMe donations page has raised more than $74,000 in just eight days. Many donors have expressed their condolences on the donations page. The page was established by Jeremy Roberts on behalf of the Mahe family.

The page has a goal of $80,000.

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