Anton Walkes, a defender for Major League Soccer workforce Charlotte FC, has died from accidents suffered in a boating accident at age 25, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) mentioned in a press release.
The FWC mentioned that, round 3 p.m. 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 area hospital where he later died from his injuries. Our thoughts are with the family, friends and fans of Mr. Walkes during this difficult time,” the assertion mentioned. The FWC mentioned that the investigation is ongoing.
Charlotte FC additionally confirmed the “tragic and heartbreaking” loss of life in a press release.
“Charlotte Football Club can confirm the tragic and heartbreaking news that defender Anton Walkes passed away early Thursday morning following an accident in South Florida,” the Charlotte FC assertion learn.
Charlotte FC proprietor David Tepper described Walkes as a “super son, father, associate and teammate whose joyous lifestyle touched everybody he met.
“He will be greatly missed by many and our thoughts and prayers are with Anton’s family during this heartbreaking time,” Tepper added. “The Club offers its full support to all those impacted during this period of mourning.”
Walkes got here by the youth ranks of Premier League membership Tottenham Hotspur, earlier than occurring to play for Portsmouth and Atlanta United.
Walkes moved to the United States to affix Atlanta on mortgage in 2017, the workforce’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 learn of the tragic passing of Anton Walkes,” his former membership Atlanta United FC said in a statement. “An inaugural member of Atlanta United, Anton was the epitome of an excellent teammate with a character that lit up each room he entered.
Zoran Krneta, the Charlotte FC sporting director, mentioned the membership is “heartbroken” at the lack of “a truly incredible father, loving person, and outstanding human being.”
“Anton embodied what it means to be a part of Charlotte Football Club and our entire community is grieving over this tragedy,” Krneta added.
“The impact he made in the locker room and throughout Charlotte will never be forgotten. We are thinking of his lovely family during this time and will support them fully in every way imaginable.”