Manchester City have confirmed the death of former academy player Jeremy Wisten, who passed away at the age of just 18.
Wisten, a promising defender born in Malawi but raised in the United Kingdom, joined City’s elite development squad in 2016 before recently leaving the club.
While the cause of death is yet to be confirmed, City posted a brief statement in tribute to Wisten on Sunday night.
“The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former Academy player Jeremy Wisten. We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time,” a statement on Twitter read.
A number of City’s senior players also paid tribute on social media with Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte among those to send their support.
Cole Palmer, who has been in Manchester City’s academy since 2010, knew Wisten well and posted an emotional farewell on Instagram.
“You Will Be Forever Missed. Fly High My Brother. Rest In Paradise!” Palmer wrote in a post accompanied with pictures and videos of the two together.
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