Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu found dead under rubble after Turkey earthquake


Eleven days after the earthquake that tore apart Turkey and Syria, devastating news linked to the world of sport was confirmed. Footballer Christian Atsu, formerly of Chelsea, Málaga and Newcastle United, is among tens of thousands of other victims, after his body was found among the rubble left by the earthquake.

This sad news was communicated by his agent in Turkey, Murat Uzunmehmet on Friday morning.

“Atsu’s lifeless body was found under the rubble,” Murat Uzunmehmet told reporters in Hatay, where the athlete’s body was found. “Currently, more items are still being taken out. His phone was also found.”

Atsu, 31, who played for Newcastle United and Everton, was falsely reported as having been taken to hospital last week.

Nana Sechere tweeted: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce to all well wishers that sadly Christian Atsu’s body was recovered this morning. My deepest condolences go to his family and loved ones.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers and support.

Newcastle paid tribute to their former player on Twitter. “We are profoundly saddened to learn that Christian Atsu has tragically lost his life in Turkey’s devastating earthquakes. A talented player and a special person, he will always be fondly remembered by our players, staff and supporters. Rest in peace, Christian.”

In a statement, Everton said: “We are deeply saddened by today’s news that Christian Atsu has been found dead following the earthquake in Turkey earlier this month. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues at Hatayspor and everyone affected by this tragic event that has claimed so many lives.”



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