British footballer Anton Walkes has died at the age of 25, Charlotte Football Club confirmed Thursday.
The MLS side said Walkes, who started his career with Tottenham Hotspur before casting spells at Portsmouth and Atlanta United, has died “following an accident in South Florida”.
Club owner David Tepper said in a statement:
“He was a wonderful son, father, partner and teammate and his joyful approach to life inspired everyone he met.
“Anton made those around him a better person in every aspect of their lives and represented Charlotte FC on and off the pitch to the highest standards. It is with Anton’s family at a difficult time.
“The club will extend its full support to all those affected during this period of mourning.”
Charlotte sporting director Zoran Kurneta added:
“Anton embodies what it means to be part of Charlotte Football Club and our entire community mourns this tragedy.
“The impact he had on the locker room and Charlotte as a whole will never be forgotten. During this time, we are thinking of his lovely family and will fully support them in every way possible. ”
London-born Walks began his career at Tottenham, making one appearance for the Premier League club’s first team.
He enjoyed loan spells in Atlanta and Portsmouth, eventually signing a permanent deal with Portsmouth.
Walkes returned to Atlanta on a permanent deal after making 35 League One appearances for Portsmouth.
Signed for Charlotte in 2022.
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