The death has been announced of 20-yr-old West Ham youth forward, Dylan Tombides, who passed away on Thursday morning after a 3 year battle with testicular cancer.
His death will be marked with a minute’s applause before this weekend’s match with Crystal Palace.
Tomides was born in Perth, Australia, and made his first-team debut in the League Cup against Wigan Athletic in September 2012 and had represented Australia at U-17 and U-23 level.
He was also known for his work in raising awareness of male cancer, supporting the One Boys campaign at a number of high-profile events with celebrities such as Samuel L Jackson, Jimmy White and Peter Andre.
A West Ham statement read:” Dylan was respected by everyone who knew him for his intelligent views on the game and his larger than life character. He was a loving son, amazing brother and well-respected member of the West Ham squad. He will be hugely missed by everyone who had the honour of knowing him. The thoughts of everyone associated with the club are with his parents Tracylee and Jim, brother Taylor, his family and friends at this sad time.”
Following the sad loss of his brother, Taylor Tombides – also a West Ham youth player – tweeted: “R.I.P. Dylan my beloved brother you will be missed but never forgotten you was a massive inspiration to everyone.’