Ghanaian soccer star Christian Atsu has been found dead under rubble from an earthquake in Turkey
Christian Atsu, a Ghanaian soccer star who played in the United States The English Premier League for Everton and Newcastle United, was found dead after last week’s earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria, according to his manager.
“Atsu’s lifeless body was found under the rubble. At the moment, his belongings are still being removed,” manager Murat Uzunmehmet told private news agency DHA, according to The Associated Press.
The 31-year-old played for Hatayspor, a Turkish soccer teamJoined the club in September.
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“We are deeply saddened by the news that Christian Atsu has lost his life in the United States devastation caused by the earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria,” the Premier League wrote on Twitter.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with Christian’s family and friends and everyone affected by this tragic event.”
More than 43,000 people died in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria The death toll is expected to rise.
It was reported that Atsu had been found alive a day after the earthquake, but these reports were later proven to be false.
Atsu’s agent confirmed on Saturday that his body was found.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must announce to all well wishers that Christian Atsu’s body was regrettably recovered this morning,” Nana Sechere wrote on Twitter.
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Atsu has made his start Portugal and helped Porto Win the Primeira Liga in 2012-13 season. He had signed a five-year deal with Chelsea but had been loaned out to several other clubs and never actually appeared for the Blues.
“Chelsea extends our heartfelt condolences to Christian’s family and friends and to all those affected by the earthquake tragedy,” the club said in a statement.
He had 65 international team games and nine goals.
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“We are deeply saddened to learn that Christian Atsu tragically lost his life The devastating earthquakes in Turkey‘ Newcastle United posted on Twitter. “He is a talented player and a special person, he will always be fondly remembered by our players, staff and supporters. Rest in peace Chris.”
Hatayspor said Atsu’s body will be sent back to Ghana.
“We will not forget you, Atsu,” the club posted on Twitter. “Peace be upon you beautiful person. There are no words to describe our sadness.”
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
https://www.foxnews.com/sports/christian-atsu-ghana-soccer-star-found-dead-under-rubble-from-turkey-earthquake-reports Ghanaian soccer star Christian Atsu has been found dead under rubble from an earthquake in Turkey