'Terribly sad': 21-year-old footballer killed in freak kite accident

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
Kaio Felipe Santos Silva in action in Brazilian football. Image: Facebook

The football world is mourning the death of Kaio Felipe Santos Silva after the 21-year-old was killed while flying a kite.

Kaio Felipe was electrocuted when the kite he was flying hit an overhead power cable in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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The 21-year-old played for Independente in the second tier of regional Brazilian football.

“With a feeling of regret Independente Football Club report the death of our player Kaio Felipe,” the club wrote on social media.

“We send our sincerest condolences to his friends and family.”

Kaio Felipe had stints with Inter de Limeira and Centro Sportivo Paraibano before joining Independente.

He scored six goals in 22 appearances for the club.

Football world mourns death of Kaio Felipe

“So young, so full of life, so polite, so humble, so friendly,” local journalist Edmar Ferreira wrote on social media.

“I had a beautiful friendship with him, which started at Inter Under-20s.

“I even nicknamed him the 'Fabio Santos of Pradao' because of his penalties and free-kicks.”

Friends and fans flocked to social media to pay their respects.

“Very sad. I had the opportunity to live with him at the college where he studied,” one wrote.

“An exceptional human being, with a beautiful heart.

“He will be sorely missed. But God knows all things and his time has come.”

And wrote: “He was the son of my friend Roberto. I commentated on some of his games there in Limeira for the club.

“A promising young man who was well liked by everyone, he was the official penalty kicker and had a great future ahead of him.”