The football world is in mourning after the death of former Roma youth-league player Joseph Bouasse at 21.
Bouassed suffered a heart attack, according to another of his former clubs Vicenza.
The 21-year-old arrived in Italy from Cameroon with the hope of establishing a football career, and earned an opportunity at Roma.
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Joining the club in 2016, the midfielder played for the ‘Primavera’ youth side at Roma, at times training with first-team stars such as Francesco Totti, also having a loan spell at Vicenza.
Roma said on Twitter: “The club is desperately saddened to learn of the untimely death of former Primavera player, Joseph Bouasse Perfection.
“The thoughts of everyone at #ASRoma are with all those closest to him.”
The club is desperately saddened to learn of the untimely death of former Primavera player, Joseph Bouasse Perfection.— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 25, 2020
The thoughts of everyone at #ASRoma are with all those closest to him. pic.twitter.com/Ipca8PnC3o
Football world reacts to devastating tragedy
Senegalese player Keba Coly, a friend from their early days together with Roma, wrote on Instagram: “Rest in peace brother.”
Vicenza also released a statement in disbelief over the tragedy.
“Sad news has shaken the red and white environment,” the club said.
“In the night, Joseph Bouasse Perfection, at the age of 21, passed away due to a cardiac arrest.
“The Cameroonian midfielder, born in 1998, arrived in January 2017 on loan from Roma, he wore the red and white number 30 shirt, taking the field in Serie B on one occasion.
“A boy who in his life had managed to overcome various adversities, leaves in Vicenza, in the people who knew him, the memory of a smiling and cheerful person.
“Vicenza share in the pain of Joseph's loss and wish to express deepest condolences to his loved ones.”
Fans and other teams also expressed their shock and sadness on social media.
Our thoughts are with Joseph's family, friends, and everyone at AS Roma.— ACF Fiorentina English 🧢 (@ACFFiorentinaEN) May 25, 2020
Heartbreaking news. Our thoughts are with Joseph's family, friends, and everyone at AS Roma.— Sevilla FC - #StayAtHome (@SevillaFC_ENG) May 25, 2020
Rest in peace, Joseph.
Just tragic news, way too young an age to be taken from us.— Football Chatters ⚽️ (@FootballChat555) May 25, 2020
RIP Joseph Bouasse Perfection, 1998-2020. 😔❤ https://t.co/benQyZMRH6
Former Roma Primavera midfielder Joseph Bouasse Perfection passed away at the age of 21. He arrived from Cameroon very poor. He died of a heart attack last night.— Footy World (@footyworld99) May 25, 2020
Rest in peace. 😢❤️ pic.twitter.com/0ANytDaDYT
Young Joseph Bouasse, formerly of Rome, dies of cardiac arrest— Moises Lopez (@chapoisat) May 25, 2020
The young Cameroonian, who arrived in Italy deceived in 2016 by a human trafficker and earned a place in Rome in the Totti stage, died early Monday morning of cardiac arrest. pic.twitter.com/EnyNNZesJt
Cameroon & former ASRoma midfielder, Joseph Bouasse Perfection has died at the age of 21 after he suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday night. 💔— MOLATsportgist ™🇳🇬 (@Molatsportgist) May 25, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/jYHuz3sArs
21 year-old Cameroonian footballer Joseph Bouasse Perfection is no more.— Njie Enow: Mr Razzmatazz (@NjieEnow) May 25, 2020
The former AS Roma and Universitatea Cluj midfielder passed away today in Roma.
Another young talent gone too soon 😔 pic.twitter.com/w0nupT9wMh
Former AS Roma academy trainee Joseph Bouasse from Cameroon 🇨🇲 succumbed to cardiac arrest last night.— TGV MEDIA (@LETGVMEDIA) May 25, 2020
The 21-year old joins a list of Cameroonian footballers who have suffered heart issues including Marc-Vivien Foe and Patrick Ekeng who have died in similar circumstances. RIP. pic.twitter.com/k6xBdDYtkr
With Yahoo Sports Staff