'No words': Football world rocked by tragic death

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

English Premier League clubs have rallied around Stoke City star Benik Afobe, after the 26-year-old shared news of the death of his two-year-old daughter.

The football community was left shocked and saddened by the news.

In a statement, Afobe revealed his daughter Amora had been taken to hospital after an infection was discovered, where her health rapidly deteriorated.

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“Amora was taken to hospital for treatment after unexpectedly developing a severe infection," the statement read.

"Unfortunately she then suffered a number of serious complications and, despite doctors doing absolutely everything that they could, Amora passed away peacefully with the love of her family by her side.

Stoke City's Benik Afobe has shared the tragic news of the death of his two-year-old daughter, Amora. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

"The entire family have been left totally devastated and heartbroken, and would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult time."

Afobe, who is on loan to Bristol City, is likely to miss the rest of the season due to an ACL injury he sustained in September.

Rival clubs offer their condolences

Clubs across the UK united in support of Afobe and his family, including former Arsenal teammate Jack Wilshere.

“Benik, my brother, my words will never mean enough to express how deeply sorry I am for your loss, and I know that no words will heal the pain in your hearts right now, just know I am here for you, Lois and your family always,” he posted on Instagram.

"Amora's infectious smile will live on in our hearts forever. I love you my friend. Stay strong."

Rival clubs also took to Twitter to pay their respects.

Leicester City’s James Maddison donned a shirt beneath his playing gear with a slogan in support of Afobe on Sunday.

“Benik, we’re all here for you bro,” Maddison’s shirt read.

James Maddison of Leicester City shows his support to Benik Afobe of Bristol City after the tragic passing of his daughter after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton FC. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)