c994d02922b4f232d0dcff70499775a7084fa52a Christian Atsu was found dead in the rubble following the Turkey earthquake.
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Christian Atsu was found dead in the rubble following the Turkey earthquake.

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Christian Atsu, a Ghanaian midfielder who previously played for Málaga, Chelsea, and Newcastle, was discovered dead among the rubble in southern Turkey, close to the Syrian border, following the 7.8 Richter earthquake that was registered on February 6. His agent announced this on social media on Saturday.

"It must be difficult to break the news that Christian Atsu's body was found this morning. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers and words of support. During this difficult time, please respect the family's privacy as we make the necessary arrangements." His representative, Nana Sechere, tweeted about the sad news.

Atsu, a 31-year-old player for Hatayspor in the Turkish Super League, was found dead inside one of the hundreds of buildings that fell during the city of Hatay's earthquake, although two other players had already been spared. and two club-affiliated coaches.

The news saddened Chelsea, the team to whom he belonged from 2013 to 2017 and from which he was moved to Málaga in 2016. "The confirmation that Christian Atsu is one of the many casualties of the horrific earthquake in Turkey and Syria is received by Chelsea Football Club with a great deal of regret. Our sincere condolences go out to Christian's family, friends, and anybody else impacted by the tragic earthquake " the blues tweeted.

We are deeply shocked to hear that Christian Atsu tragically perished in Turkey's deadly earthquakes. He will always be cherished by our players, staff, and supporters as a gifted athlete and unique individual. Newcastle, where the Ghanaian played from 2017 until 2021, joined the outpouring of sorrow by saying, "Rest in peace, Christian."

The earthquakes, which have killed approximately 40,000 people in the Ottoman nation and 4,000 in Syria, have also claimed the lives of other athletes, including Cemal Kütahya, the captain of the Turkish handball team.

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