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RIP! West Ham youngster loses battle against cancer

Saturday, April 19, 2014

West Ham have announced the tragic news that forward Dylan Tombides has passed away at the age of 20 following his brave battle with cancer.

West Ham youngster Dylan Tombides loses battle against cancer

The Australian was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011 after a random drugs test at the U-17 World Cup had uncovered a tumour.

After undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, Tombides was able to return to action and made his first team debut for the Hammers in September 2012 during a League Cup tie against Wigan Athletic.

However, his illness then returned and Tombides passed away on Friday afternoon, surrounded by his family.

A statement on West Ham's official website read: "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.

"Dylan was respected by everyone who knew him for his intelligent views on the game and his larger life 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."

"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."

Tombides represented West Ham at youth level as well as playing for Australia at U-17 and U-22 level, and was being regarded as a very exciting talent

"On behalf of the Australian football community, we offer our deepest condolences to Dylan's family, team mates and friends during this extremely sad time," David Gallop, the Football Federation of Australia's CEO, said in a statement.

"The Tombides family has lost a fine young man and Australian football has lost one of its most promising football players.

"He will be remembered for the courage he showed in his personal battle as much as the prodigious talent he displayed on the football field."

Many from the world of football have tweeted their condolences and messages of support to Tombides and his family.

Tombides' passing will be remembered with a minute's silence prior to West Ham's Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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