Manchester City, the club’s striker Raheem Sterling and the club’s defender Aymeric Laporte are among the numerous sympathizers who have paid tribute to the club’s former academy star Jeremy Wisten.
The teenager passed away on Sunday and Manchester City confirmed the death of the 18-year-old footballer late on Sunday evening with a brief tweet via their official Twitter handle.
In the tweet from the Premier League side, Manchester City noted how saddened the club was to hear about the passing away of the footballer who the club released this summer.
“The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former Academy player Jeremy Wisten”, Manchester city tweeted. “We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.”
While England international and Manchester City‘s talisman Raheem Sterling quoted the club’s tweet and tweeted a praying and flower emojis. While Aymeric Laporte commented: “Horrible news… RIP young man.”
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Also, the former teammate of Jeremy Wisten at Manchester United’s academy, Cole Palmer, took to his Instagram page to share a series of pictures and a video showing when he was spending some moments with the late footballer.
In the caption, the English footballer wrote: “You will be forever missed. Fly high, my brother. Rest in paradise!”
Who is Jeremy Wisten?
No much is known about the late Jeremy Wisten except that he joined Manchester City football academy in 2016 as a center-defender and was released from the club this summer.
The late teenager migrated from Malawi to the United Kingdom with the rest of his family when he was a baby. He fell in love with football and took it as a path to a better life. Unfortunately, he couldn’t live his dreams at Manchester City.
Though Wisten’s family is yet to make any official statement concerning the cause of his death, there are speculations that the teenager committed suicide on Sunday due to depression of being released by Manchester City.
Meanwhile, his former teammate at Manchester City academy who now plays for Blackburn Rovers, Tyrhys Dolan, has opened a GoFundMe account for Jeremy Wisten. The money is intended to be used to give the late footballer a befitting send-off.
“We are raising money to help Jeremy’s family to give him the best send off my brother deserves,” Dolan posted on Instagram.
“No words can describe the pain I am feeling right now I am forever heartbroken. From the first day, I met you, you kept it real with me and always had my back, and was always there to help me whenever I needed it.
“I’m just so sad that I couldn’t be there to help you brother. Thank you for giving me the best times of my life. I’m so privileged to have called you my brother and no matter where I go in life I know you will always be by my side watching over me like you always have done.
“Earth has lost a king but heaven has gained the most perfect angel. We just celebrated your 18th birthday and what a night it was! Please watch over me bro and guide me everything I do will be for you and your family.”
Within 4 hours of creating the GoFundme account, the page raised over £5,800. As of the last check, the page has raised £7,540.