Christian Atsu, a Ghanaian soccer player, was found dead under debris on Saturday, according to his agency, nearly two weeks after the earthquake that wreaked havoc in Turkey and Syria.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce to all well-wishers that sadly Christian Atsu’s body was recovered this morning,” Atsu’s agent Nana Sechere tweeted. “My deepest condolences go to his family and loved ones.”
According to Saturday’s report by Turkey’s official news station TRT Haber, the Hatayspor player’s body was found buried beneath the debris of a damaged building in Antakya.
According to a tweet from his team Hatayaspor, his body would be sent to Ghana for burial.
“Peace be upon you, beautiful person. There are no words to describe our sadness,” the statement added.
According to the most recent report provided by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, Atsu disappeared after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on February 6. It killed at least 45,513 people, with at least 39,672 of the deaths occurring in Turkey.
Atsu had previously played for Al Raed FC in the Saudi Premier League before joining Hatayspor last year.
In addition, Atsu had previously played for a number of English teams, including Chelsea, Everton, Bournemouth, and Newcastle.