The death of 23 year old ex-Aston Villa, Bristol City, Darlington player Osagi Bascome has been confirmed according to reports.
It is understood that the young footballer lost his life after sustaining multiple stab wounds, with old teammates of his paying tribute on social media.
After spending time in the academies of Aston Villa and Bristol City – alongside spells at Levante and Valencia – Bascome settled at Spanish side Massanassa.
The club is devastated to learn of the passing of former player Osagi Bascome.
Osagi joined the club in 2019 playing a memorable role in our FA Cup tie at Walsall.
— Darlington FC (@Official_Darlo) December 18, 2021
Bascome then moved back to England in favour of a deal to link up with Darlington in 2019, where he made 11 appearances, including a memorable FA Cup assist.
A police spokesman, in his birth country of Bermuda, is quoted as saying: “A police investigation has commenced into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 23-year-old male, who succumbed to injuries sustained in an apparent stabbing incident.
“Officers were at King Edward Memorial Hospital in connection with another matter, when they were alerted to the victim who was brought into the Emergency Department in a non-responsive state, with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds.
“The victim was transported to hospital via private vehicle. Details are at this time limited.
“A scene has now been established in the area of Fun Zone, Wallers Point Road, St. Georges.
“Details remain limited at this time and police are urging anyone with information on this incident, to get in contact with Acting Detective Inspector, Dean Martin, of the Serious Crime Unit on 295-0011.”
Bascome left the Quakers in February last year and although he may not have played as regular during his 11 months at Blackwell Meadows, he will always be remembered by supporters for his integral role in a dramatic equalising goal against Walsall.
It was from his free-kick that Joe Wheatley scored in the 97th minute to earn a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup in November 2019, causing wild scenes in the away end.
The equaliser put the Quakers into the second round draw for the first time since the former Football League club was reformed in 2012.
However they lost the replay 1-0 – yet gave a valiant effort with Darlington sitting 14th in the National League North at the time and Walsall around the League Two relegation zone.
RIP Osagi 🖤🤍 pic.twitter.com/ilFadoQkns
— Tommy Miller (@tommylad2201) December 18, 2021
Twitter users paid tribute when the death of the 23 year old ex-Aston Villa, Bristol City, Darlington player was sadly confirmed…
@hardisty_dave: Rip osagi. Your name will be remembered forever
@DLOB17: Seen him play a few times, such a baller in the lower leagues
@DAWUK17: I can’t believe what I’m reading. Such sad news. Heartbreaking 🥺 Rest in peace Osagi ❤️⚽️
@Marc31Cee: RIP Osagi. Talent lad with so much potential. 23 years old is no age to be murdered at. Thoughts with your family
@Kevin18Thompson: RIP. I’m shocked and sad.
@MarkPea83: Such a brutal way to be took RIP Osagi
@Marley_82: RIP Osagi such sad news
@si_hahn89: Awful news just awful he was only 23 years old. RIP Osagi
@DarloTotty: Far too young to die. Fantastic footballer who always had time to play football with the fans. He will never be forgotten.
@andilong: Absolutely devastating 😢 RIP Osagi 💔
@poppysuedecor8: Such terribly sad news RIP
@jamiecr05489374: 23 years old – awful.
@QuakerPete: That is such a tragedy for this young man. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
@TheFourthBardo: Shocking news. Such a nice bloke, such a needless death. RIP Osagi 🖤🤍🖤
@MichaelBarrass1: Absolutely horrendous news always played with a smile RIP young man
@DJNelsonPhotos: Awful news. Thoughts are with his family and friends.
@dfcjames__: Rip was a great player when was with us ❤️
Former Darlo team-mate Justin Donawa tweeted two photos of himself with Bascome, and said: “He never knew how much he kept me going at times.”
Omar Holness tweeted a video of Bascome and added: “Sleep easy balla.”
Friend John Woolnough, who played a key role in Bascome, Holness and Donawa joining Darlington, added: “Amazing person. Great friend. Even better footballer. Was a pleasure knowing you. RIP Osagi.”
He never knew how much he kept me going at times 😔💔 pic.twitter.com/Tf4jD7AYHm
— Justin Donawa (@jdonawa14) December 18, 2021
Sleep easy balla 🕊 pic.twitter.com/XYH7dzfzmD
— Omar Holness (@holnessomar) December 18, 2021