Anton Walkes’ passing has completely stunned the entire sporting community. He had an impressive professional football career and was adored by supporters up until his abrupt death.
A boat accident off the coast of Miami on January 19, 2023 resulted in injuries for Anton Walkes, where two boats collided. Subsequently, he was found unconscious and swiftly taken to the hospital, but unfortunately, his survival was not possible.
English defender Anton Walkes, aged 25, passed away, as announced by Charlotte FC.
Finding out that Anton Walkes, who had recently been part of the Atlanta United team in the Major League Soccer (MLS), lost his life due to injuries sustained in a boat accident off the coast of Miami, authorities promptly initiated an inquiry into the cause of this tragedy.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers, Walkes was at the helm of one of the two boats involved which capsized.
Regrettably, Walkes was unresponsive upon receiving medical attention. Despite subsequent resuscitation efforts, they were unsuccessful, and he eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Prior to joining MLS, Walkes also played for Tottenham in England’s top tier of football and Portsmouth. In memory of an outstanding talent with such significant experience in the sport, tributes began to pour in from all quarters following the news of his death.
It’s devastating to learn that the entire Major League Soccer community is experiencing profound sadness following the loss of one of their own, Tahitha Walkes.
He had commenced his second year as a defender for the Charlotte FC team and was eagerly anticipating the friendly match against St. Louis this past Saturday.
The league called off that match out of respect for Walkes and all that he contributed to the game and his fellow players. Walkes will always be remembered for his fervor, resolve, and commitment on the field. He will be greatly missed in MLS and beyond.
Homages were paid to him
On January 19, supporters at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium were grieving the loss of Anton Walkes, whose passing had caused much anguish and sorrow among those who knew him.
Consequently, they started placing flowers outside the east entrance of Charlotte FC in his honor prior to an evening vigil to commemorate Walkes’ impact on the team and the community at large.
David Tepper, the club owner, remarked that Walkes had been an exceptional son, partner, father, and teammate, known for his zest for life that influenced everyone he encountered positively.
According to Tepper, Walkes epitomized all the positive attributes of Charlotte FC— not only delivering commendable performances on the field but also exemplifying it by positively impacting those around him.
Jaylin Lindsey, a teammate of Walkes’, expressed his regret on social media for not having the opportunity to bid farewell to such a gifted player.
The Anton Walkes news has left me deeply affected. 25 is much too young, and the tragedy of such a sudden loss is too devastating.
Once again, cherish life. Never miss an opportunity to be kind, embrace a loved one, and count your blessings.
Condolences to his family and friends
— Nico Cantor (@Nicocantor1) January 19, 2023
#5Forever 💙🕊️ All the love to @AntonWalkes family & the @CharlotteFC family 💙 pic.twitter.com/odTvfnvvDW
— Alicia Lalone (@AliciaLalone) January 19, 2023
Soar high, @AntonWalkes 🕊️💙 pic.twitter.com/xTu5gAtD3d
— Brittany Alvarado (@bavacado2) January 19, 2023