Anton Walkes, a defender for the Major League Soccer crew Charlotte FC, has died from accidents suffered in a boating accident at the age of 25, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) mentioned in a press release.
The FWC mentioned that, round 3 pm on Wednesday, FWC officers attended a two-vessel accident close to the Miami Marine Stadium basin. Walkes was unconscious and later acquired CPR after being transported to shore by Miami Fire Rescue.
“Mr. Walkes was taken to an space hospital the place he later died from his accidents. Our ideas are with the household, pals and followers of Mr. Walks throughout this tough time,” the assertion mentioned. The FWC mentioned that the investigation is ongoing.
Charlotte FC additionally confirmed the “tragic and heartbreaking” demise in a press release.
“Charlotte Football Club can affirm the tragic and heartbreaking information that defender Anton Walkes handed away early Thursday morning following an accident in South Florida,” the Charlotte FC assertion learn.
Charlotte FC proprietor David Tepper described Walkes as a “large son, father, companion and teammate whose joyful way of living touched everybody he met.
“He will likely be drastically missed by many and our ideas and prayers are with Anton’s household throughout this heartbreaking time,” Tepper added. “The Club presents its full assist to all these affected throughout this era of mourning.”
Walkes got here via the youth ranks of Premier League membership Tottenham Hotspur, earlier than happening to play for Portsmouth and Atlanta United.
Walkes moved to the United States to hitch Atlanta on mortgage in 2017, the crew’s first MLS season, after which joined the membership completely in 2020 after one other spell at Portsmouth.
Walkes then joined Charlotte FC for the 2022 MLS season.
“We are heartbroken to be taught of the tragic passing of Anton Walkes,” his former membership Atlanta United FC mentioned in a press release. “An inaugural member of Atlanta United, Anton was the epitome of an excellent teammate with a persona that lit up each room he entered.
“He will likely be deeply missed by all of those that knew him. On behalf of everybody at Atlanta United, we ship our deepest condolences to Anton’s household, pals and Charlotte FC.”
Zoran Krneta, the Charlotte FC sporting director, mentioned the membership is “heartbroken” at the lack of “a really unimaginable father, loving particular person, and excellent human being.”
“Anton embodied what it means to be part of Charlotte Football Club and our complete group is grieving over this tragedy,” Krneta added.
“The influence he made within the locker room and all through Charlotte won’t ever be forgotten. We are considering of his pretty household throughout this time and can assist them absolutely in each method conceivable.”