Anton Walkes, a 25-year-old defender for Major League Soccer team Charlotte FC, passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a boating accident, according to a statement from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon and involved two boats near the Miami Marine Stadium basin. Walkes was unconscious when officers arrived and received CPR before being taken to shore by Miami Fire Rescue.
The FWC said in the statement, “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.”
Charlotte FC issued a statement confirming the death of Anton Walkes, calling it “tragic and heartbreaking”. The team owner, David Tepper, also shared his condolences and described Walkes as a “tremendous son, father, partner, and teammate” whose positive attitude had an impact on everyone he met.
Know About Anton Walkes Wife And Daughter
Though Anton Walkes was not officially wed, he shared a beautiful bond with his girlfriend, Alexis, and together they had a precious little girl, Ayla. Not much os known about his girlfriend and their daughter, she was often seen at the stadium, cheering on her dear father.
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All You Need To Know About Anton Walkes Net Worth And Career
Before his passing, Anton Walkes had an estimated net worth ranging from $1 million to $5 million. He earned an annual salary of approximately $325,000 while playing for Charlotte FC.
Anton Charles Walkes was a talented English professional footballer known for his skills as a defender and midfielder. He started his club career at Tottenham Hotspur, making a single appearance in the League Cup. In 2017, he was sent on loan to Atlanta United and later to League One club Portsmouth. He played a vital role in the Portsmouth team and was eventually signed permanently in 2018. He spent two more seasons with Portsmouth, including winning the EFL Trophy in 2019 before rejoining Atlanta United in 2020. He then joined Charlotte FC in 2022 and played for the team until his untimely death the following year.
Tributes Poured All Over Social Media Gollowing Anton Walkes Death
The Major League Soccer community expressed their condolences and acknowledged Anton Walkes as a “talented and dedicated player” who was highly respected by his teammates and beloved by fans.
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Zoran Krneta, the Charlotte FC sporting director, expressed the club’s grief over the loss of Anton Walkes, stating that they were “heartbroken” at the loss of “a truly incredible father, loving person, and outstanding human being.” He further added that Walkes personified what it meant to be a part of Charlotte Football Club and the community is deeply affected by this tragic event. Krneta also mentioned that the impact Walkes made on the team and the community will always be remembered and the club will do everything in their power to support his family during this difficult time.