Charlotte FC have confirmed defender Anton Walkes died following an accident on Thursday.
The former Tottenham academy player was 25.
Walkes, who was born in London, had played in MLS since 2020, when he joined Atlanta United after leaving Portsmouth.
He moved to Charlotte for the 2022 season after being selected in the 2021 MLS expansion draft. He made 23 league appearances in his debut season.
We are deeply saddened to share that Anton Walkes has tragically passed away this morning.
May he rest in peace.
— Charlotte FC (@CharlotteFC)
Following his shock death, Charlotte paid tribute to the family man.
“Everyone at [the club] is devastated by the tragic passing of Anton Walkes,” Owner David Tepper said in a statement. “He was a tremendous son, father, partner and teammate whose joyous approach to life touched everyone he met.
“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 heart-breaking time. The club offers its full support to all those impacted during this period of mourning.”