Professional soccer player Anton Walkes has died from injuries he sustained in a Accident off the coast of Miami, authorities said Thursday.
Anton Walkes dies at age 25 in a Accident.
Former Tottenham youth and Portsmouth defender Anton Walkes has died aged 25 in an accident, his club Charlotte FC said.
We are deeply saddened to share that Anton Walkes has tragically passed away this morning.— Charlotte FC (@CharlotteFC) January 19, 2023
May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/8oUcHvWW6g
Local media reported the Englishman was involved in a boat crash near Miami on Wednesday.
Charlotte said in a statement that they were “devastated” by the tragedy.
“He was a tremendous son, father, partner and teammate whose joyous approach to life touched everyone he met,” said club owner David Tepper.
“Anton made those around him better people in all areas of life and represented Charlotte FC to the highest standard both on and off the pitch. He will be greatly missed by many and our thoughts and prayers are with Anton’s family during this heartbreaking time. The club offers its full support to all those impacted during this period of mourning,” he added.
Walkes was part of the youth set-up at Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur before moving to Portsmouth and then heading to Atlanta United in MLS in 2020, having previously had a loan spell with the club.
Walkes came through the Tottenham youth teams and played once for the club, in a League Cup tie in 2016.
He also played 66 times for Portsmouth before moving to Atlanta United in the United States in 2020.
Sporting director Zoran Krneta added: “We are heartbroken from the loss of Anton Walkes, a truly incredible father, loving person, and outstanding human being.
“Anton embodied what it means to be a part of Charlotte Football Club and our entire community is grieving over this tragedy. The impact he made in the locker room and throughout Charlotte will never be forgotten. We are thinking of his lovely family during this time and will support them fully in every way imaginable.”
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