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MLS defender Anton Walkes dies at 25

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Major League Soccer defender Anton Walkes has died following an accident in South Florida.

He was 25.

Walkes was playing for Charlotte FC at the time of his death. Although the club isn't providing any further details on the incident at this stage, the Miami Herald's David J. Neal reports the Englishman was involved in a boating crash.

"He was a tremendous son, father, partner, and teammate whose joyous approach to life touched everyone he met," Charlotte FC owner David Tepper said.

"Anton made those around him better people in all areas of life and represented Charlotte FC to the highest standard both on and off the pitch. He will be greatly missed by many and our thoughts and prayers are with Anton's family during this heartbreaking time."

Walkes also represented Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, and Atlanta United during his career.

Atlanta United released a statement paying tribute to a player who featured during their first season in MLS in 2017 and returned to the club in 2020.

"We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic passing of Anton Walkes," Atlanta United's statement read. "An inaugural member of Atlanta United, Anton was the epitome of a great teammate with a personality that lit up every room he entered.

"He will be deeply missed by all of those who knew him. On behalf of everyone at Atlanta United, we send our deepest condolences to Anton's family, friends, and Charlotte FC."

Tottenham and Portsmouth also expressed their sadness to learn of Walkes' passing.

Walkes made his professional debut for Tottenham as a substitute in a League Cup match against Gillingham in September 2016. He won the EFL Trophy with Portsmouth and appeared 93 times in Major League Soccer.

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