Non league pay tribute after the death of 29 year old player Raheem Belgrave is confirmed by his club after drowning on holiday.
Wembley FC broke the sad news that their goalkeeper lost his life in a tragic accident back in his native Trinidad and Tobago which saw him get into difficulties when in a river.
A report issued the Trinidad Daily Express claimed that Belgrave was swimming in the Paria River in Blanchisseuse on Sunday morning when he disappeared in the water.
It is with terrible sadness that we bring news of Raheem “Birdie” Belgrave’s death.
We are shocked and saddened and send our condolences to his family and closest friends.
— Wembley FC (@WembleyFC) January 17, 2022
He was part of a group of people that were hiking in the area, but it ended with local police confirming that he was pulled out of the river by friends and was in an ‘unresponsive state’.
Once his body had been brought out of the river that his friends went to the Blanchisseusse Police Station where an ambulance was called.
However, he had already passed away, with authorities saying a post-mortem has been ordered to confirm the cause of Belgrave’s death.
Trinidad’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley stated on Saturday that rivers would remain open but ‘with serious restrictions’, including no alcohol or cooking.
Belgrave signed for Wembley FC, who play in the Combined Counties League Premier Division North, in 2018.
A statement from the club read: “It is with terrible sadness that we bring news of Raheem ‘Birdie’ Belgrave’s death.
“We are shocked and saddened and send our condolences to his family and closest friends.”
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association also said: “The TTFA extends deepest condolences to the family of Raheem Belgrave who passed away on Sunday.
“Raheem was a member of the Men’s National U-17 squad in 2008-2009 under then head coach Anton Corneal. He was the son of former National Team manager David Muhammad. May he rest in peace.”
Belgrave played for San Juan Jabloteh in his homeland during the 2016/17 campaign and was part of the team that finished runners-up in the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championships in 2017.
He then signed for Trinidad’s Queen’s Park that same year before heading to English club Wembley FC in 2018, making 35 appearances for the latter during the past three seasons.
His former teammate Jaiden Babalola led the tributes on social media, tweeting: “Could not be a more worse start to 2022. Trying to stay positive.
“To a brother, friend, teammate. To our football training sessions, gym sessions, cycles around London and train journeys.”
Craig Heskey, who is Head of Education for Leyton Orient as well as a footballer and Antiguan & Barbudan Youth International, said: “I can’t believe it, I really cannot believe it!! Saddened is an understatement. Thoughts are with his family and close ones. Life ain’t fair”
— Potton United FC (@PottonUnited) September 26, 2020
As mentioned non league pay tribute after the death of 29 year old player Raheem Belgrave is confirmed by his club…
@TonyKav_: We are sorry to hear this sad news and our thoughts are with you all
@EdgwareTownFC: Very sorry to hear of his passing RIP
@wokingham_sumas: Condolences to all family and friends at this very sad time
@AFCOldOak: Rest in peace. Ours Condolences and thoughts are with Raheem, his family and friends and your club
@lee_lawhittaker: Shocked & saddened to hear this, met him a few years back at a trial match, kept in touch… such a great young man heartbreaking news. My thoughts & prayers go to his family & friends
@FCSouthall: Our condolences to his family, friends and the club from everyone at Southall Rose
@1AshleighJames: Sorry to hear such shocking news, thoughts are with everyone at the club and his friends and family x
@MylesHook: Such sad news. Sorry for the clubs loss which I know is a family. Thoughts are with you, and everyone who knew him. Rest in eternal peace
@AFC__Hayes: Our condolences go out to Raheem’s family, friends & everyone who knew him. Such sad news, may he rest in peace. From all at AFC Hayes.
@harrowboroLive: Such Sad News. Condolences to Raheem’s family and friends & all at Wembley FC
@tadleycallevafc: Deepest condolences at this sad time from all of us at Tadley Calleva FC.
@K11NNY_A: May Your Soul Rest In Peace Really Saddened And Shocked A Real Lion A Great Man
@Weir90: Shocked! Terribly sad news. Thoughts and prayers with Birdie’s family and friends during this time.
@lukegodfrey19: Incredibly sad and shocking news today @WembleyFC, as we learnt of the passing of Raheem Belgrave. My deepest condolences to his family and friends 🙏🏼 Rest In Peace 🕊
@a_bates89: Shocked, can’t believe it. The deepest condolences to his family and friends. Such a sad sad loss of life.
Jason Sheppard: Great player but an even greater individual. Condolences to his family at this time. He will be missed.
Brian Gumm: Can’t believe this a great person sadly missed by all of us a great ambassador for WFC our condolence go to his family from he wembley family so young