Friday, April 18

Daily WHUFC News - Dylan Tombides

West Ham United statement
West Ham United forward Dylan Tombides has passed away at the age of 20

West Ham United announce the sad news that forward Dylan Tombides has passed
away at the age of 20 following his brave battle with cancer. Dylan passed
away on Friday morning with his family by his side having courageously
fought the disease for three years after initially being diagnosed with
testicular cancer in summer 2011.

He remained a regular visitor to Chadwell Heath throughout his treatment and
his positive attitude and professional approach to his football and training
always impressed and boosted his team-mates and coaches alike.

Dylan's amazing resilience and positivity saw him through months of surgery
and chemotherapy, while his outstanding talent saw him make his first-team
debut in a League Cup tie with Wigan Athletic at the Boleyn Ground in
September 2012.

Away from the pitch, Dylan did a huge amount of work to raise awareness of
male cancer, supporting the One for the Boys campaign at a number of
high-profile events alongside the likes of Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson,
snooker star Jimmy White and fellow Australian Peter Andre.

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.

His passing will be marked by a minute's applause ahead of Saturday's
Barclays Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace at the Boleyn Ground.
The Hammers' players will also wear black armbands in his memory.

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.
The Club request that their privacy is now respected and they are allowed to
grieve their much loved son and brother in peace.


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