Anton Walkes, a former Portsmouth and Tottenham young defender, died in an accident at the age of 25, according to his club Charlotte FC.
The Englishman was reportedly involved in a boat mishap on Wednesday near Miami, according to local media.
Walkes appeared once for the squad in a League Cup match in 2016 after progressing through the Tottenham youth systems.
In addition, he made 66 appearances for Portsmouth before transferring to Atlanta United in 2020.
In honor of Walkes, Spurs have announced that they would wear black armbands throughout their Premier League match against Manchester City on Thursday.
The Premier League team released the following statement in response to the demise of Anton Walkes: “We are profoundly grieved to learn of his passing.
Our first team will wear black armbands during this evening’s Premier League match against Manchester City, and all of our Academy teams will do the same this weekend as a sign of respect.
Sports director for Charlotte Zoran Krneta expressed his sadness over the passing of Anton Walkes, who was described as a “really incredible parent, kind person, and outstanding human being.”
“Anton personified everything it means to be a part of Charlotte FC, and this tragedy has left our entire community in mourning.
“Charlotte will never forget the difference he made in the locker room.
We are keeping his lovely family in our thoughts during this difficult time, and we will do everything we can to support them.
“Everyone at Portsmouth Football Club is deeply grieved to learn about Anton Walkes’ loss,” said Portsmouth.
“At this difficult time, our thoughts are with his friends and family,”