Christian Atsu Found Dead After Earthquake In Turkey.

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Christian Astu. Photo Credit Newcastle Twitter @NUFC

Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu has been found dead in Turkey. He was found under the building where he lived after last week’s massive earthquake.

He had been reported missing since the Earthquake happened 12 day ago. There had previously been incorrect reports that he had been found but those were later denied.

A statement from the representative of Atsu, Nana Sechere, said: “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.

“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.”

Atsu, who was 31, made 121 appearances for Newcastle and was part of the team which won promotion back to the Premier League in 2017.

The team have tweeted their condolences.

https://twitter.com/NUFC/status/1626867903055163392

He also played 13 times for Everton during a season-long loan with the Merseyside club in 2014-2015 while contracted to Chelsea.

The Blues tweeted: “Everyone at Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the tragic passing of our former player, Christian Atsu. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.”

There will be a minute’s silence at St James’ Park on Saturday night ahead of the Premier League match of Newcastle against Liverpool in memory of Atsu.

More than 45,000 people have been killed in the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria, and the toll is expected to soar with some 264,000 apartments in Turkey destroyed and many still missing as rescue workers listen for signs of life under rubble.