'Desperately sad': Football rocked by death of 21-year-old star

Joseph Bouasse has died at the age of 21. Images: Instagram

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.”

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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.

With Yahoo Sports Staff