Hatayspor confirm death of Ghana star Christian Atsu, 12 days after Turkey earthquake
Ghana international, Christian Atsu, has died, according to his club, Hatayspor. He was 31.
Atsu was a victim of the devastating Turkish earthquake that happened on February 6.
The Turkish club confirmed the news mid-morning on Saturday, following earlier submissions to that effect by the player’s two agents.
The devastating earthquake in Turkey 12 days ago had left friends and loved ones of the player waiting for positive news about a miraculous escape from the disaster.
However, when Murat Uzunmehmet, the player’s Turkish agent, first announced the horrible news at 5:00am Ghana time, it was the start of multiple confirmations of Atsu’s demise.
Christian Atsu bulundu ve maalesef hayatını kaybetti
— Murat Uzunmehmet (@MuratUzunmehmet) February 18, 2023
Multiple media outlets in Turkey announced the news, before Mubarak Wakaso, one of the closest friends of Atsu, took to Twitter with a short message saying ‘Rest Well’.
Rest well 💔😢😭
— M.M.JUNIOR WAKASO (@WakasoBobby) February 18, 2023
Nana Sechere, another of the player’s agents who has been the source of verified information on the player’s situation with reports from Hatay, then followed up.
“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,” Sechere wrote on Twitter.
“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.”
“I ask that whilst we make the necessary arrangements, that everyone would please respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time.”
Hatayspor, the employer of the Ghana star, then issued its first statement on Atsu since the entire episode began.
“The body of our football player, Christian Atsu, will be sent to his hometown Ghana,” the club said.
Başımız sağ olsun.
Göçük altında kalarak hayatını kaybeden futbolcumuz Christian Atsu’nun cenazesi memleketi Gana’ya gönderilmek üzere yola çıkmıştır. Seni unutmayacağız Atsu. Mekanın cennet olsun güzel insan. Üzüntümüzün tarifi yok. Huzur içinde uyu. pic.twitter.com/2CSVfwfEuR
— Hatayspor (@Hatayspor_FK) February 18, 2023
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