Emerging Australian forward Dylan Tombides, who broke into the West Ham first-team squad while receiving cancer treatment, has died. He was 20.
The English Premier League club says Tombides, who was initially diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011, died on Friday having “courageously fought the disease for three years.”
Tombides, who joined West Ham at 15, made just one first-team appearance for the east London club – in the League Cup in September 2012 – but he also made the substitute’s bench for Premier League games.
The Perth-born forward played for Australia Under-22s at the Asian championship this year.
Tombides wrote on Twitter last month that he spent his 20th birthday in hospital.