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Football pays tribute to former Man City youth player following tragic death

Football pays tribute to a former Man City youth player following his sad and unfortunate tragic death which was confirmed this weekend.

The 17 year old is reported to have sadly taken his own life, due to facing depression on the back of being released by the Premier League club.

Jeremy Wisten, an Malawi-born centre-back, joined the Man City’s ranks back in February 2016 after impressing scouts during a lengthy trial.

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On Sunday afternoon, Manchester City academy players Cole Palmer and Tommy Doyle – who recently made his first-team debut – posted tributes on their social media pages.

Palmer wrote on Instagram on the former Man City youth player, “You Will Be Forever Missed,” along with a few of pictures and videos of himself and Wisten.

“Fly High My Brother Rest In Paradise!”

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And alongside an Instagram post, which included a picture of Wisten, Doyle wrote: “So sad. RIP brother.”

Palmer posted another tribute to Wisten on his Instagram story, sharing a snap of the Malawian with the caption: “Jeremy Wisten, Rest In Peace.”

Doyle’s fellow City teammates Liam Delap, son of Rory Delap, who also recently made his first-team debut, and Morgan Rogers paid tribute to Wisten, commenting on Palmer’s post with heart emojis.

Neither Manchester City or Wisten’s family have released a statement on the former Altrincham Juniors FC ace’s death.

Wisten was a promising player during his time at City and had ambitions of emulating club legend Vincent Kompany.

He said: “Maybe Vincent Kompany,” Wisten said when asked who he wanted to emulate.

“Just a bit better. With hard work, I can do it.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Wisten’s honour.


It reads: “We are raising money to help Jeremys family give him the best send off he deserves. The most beautiful soul who was loved by many. Everyone who knew Jez would know that he had a smile that would light up the room. Gone too soon but never forgotten, always in our hearts. We love you. Rest in paradise Jez”

It was a few months ago that former Premier League star Lee Hendrie admitted he tried to kill himself ‘five or six times’, as he opened up on ITV show Harry’s Heroes.

Whilst talking with Paul Merson and Vinnie Jones, he recalled how we woke up on a life support machine after one attempt.

Every 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

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