Anton Walkes, the Charlotte FC defender who played in Major League Soccer, was killed in a tragic boat accident in Florida earlier today. Read on to learn how did Anton Walkes die, what happened to him, what was his cause of death, and his obituary.
Walkes started his career at Tottenham and also played for Atlanta United. He was a highly skilled player who always made a great impact when he was on the field. His sudden death has left the fans shocked and depressed.
Who was Anton Walkes?
Anton Walkes was a professional soccer player from Lewisham, England. Born in 1998, Walkes kicked off his career at age 16 after signing with Tottenham in the English Premier League. Later on, he split the next five seasons playing for Portsmouth of England’s League One and for Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United.
Walkes started 64 out of 70 games with Atlanta United in 2017 and 2020-2021. Despite having a good run, he made himself available for the 2021 expansion draft where Charlotte FC picked him. He started 21 out of 23 games for the club last season.
Walkes was a steady name on the team’s defensive lineup. He was often the key man in the team’s plan to counter the opponent’s attacking strategies.
How did Anton Walkes die?
MLS player Anton Walkes died on Thursday, January 19, 2023. He was just 25 at the time of his tragic death in a boating crash in South Florida. Walkes passed away early in the morning at the hospital where he was getting treated for the injuries sustained in the accident.
The sad news of Anton Walkes’ death was announced by his club Charlotte FC on social media.
“Everyone at Tepper Sports & Entertainment is devastated by the tragic passing of Anton Walkes. He was a tremendous son, father, partner, and teammate whose joyous approach to life touched everyone he met,” wrote David Tepper, the owner of the club.
He added: “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. The Club offers its full support to all those impacted during this period of mourning.”
Anton Walkes Boat Accident: What Happened?
Charlotte FC defender Anton Walkes was involved in a boating accident in South Florida on Wednesday. Two boats crashed near Miami Marine Stadium on January 18th at around 3 PM as per the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Walkes was found unconscious and received CPR from the Miami Fire Rescue. He was rushed to the hospital but his condition never got stable. Unfortunately, he passed away early morning on Thursday.
Walkes arrived in Fort Lauderdale on January 9th to participate in the 12-day training camp to kick off the 2023 preseason.
Anton Walkes Obituary, Funeral, and Tributes
Anton Walkes died in a tragic manner at the age of 25 this Thursday. An obituary from Anton Walkes’ family is awaited at this time while a digital one is published online. The funeral services are also pending at the time of writing.
When the family or his representatives share an update, we will update this section. Tributes have emerged for the late soccer player on social media, led by Major League Soccer itself and his former clubs.
Fans and friends remember him as an utterly talented player and an even better person.
We’d like to extend our condolences to his family, friends, and fans. May God let the departed soul rest easy.