Derrick Otim: Ex-Nottingham Forest star drowns in US lake at age 24

Derrick Otim: Ex-Nottingham Forest star drowns in US lake at age 24

- Derrick Otim was an English-born Ghanaian footballer whose breakthrough in football came in Nottingham Forest's academy

- Otim was said to have recently graduated from Xavier University and was a regular starter on the pitch for the University

- The 24-year-old moved to the United States of America to further his studies four years ago

Former Nottingham Forest star Derrick Otim has died at the age of 24 after drowning in Lake Keowee in North Carolina, USA while visiting friends, reports claim.

Otim’s demise was confirmed by his former teammate Matty Cash who in an emotional tribute, said the late footballer 'always brought a smile to everyone's face'.

Matty Cash tweeted: "RIP Del, can’t believe I’m writing this, Such a top lad who always brought a smile to everyone’s face when around him, RIP.”

Derrick Otim: Ex-Nottingham Forest star drowns in US lake at age 24

Derrick Otim, ex-Nottingham Forest star, drowns in US lake at age 24
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A statement from Nottingham Forest read: "Rest in peace, Derrick.

"NFFC are saddened to learn of the passing of former academy player Derrick Otim.

"The thoughts of everyone at the club go out to his friends and family at this tragic time."

Otim was an English-born Ghanaian footballer whose breakthrough in football came in Nottingham Forest's academy.

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However, he moved to the United States to further his studies four years ago.

Otim was said to have recently graduated from Xavier University and was a regular starter on the pitch for the University.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that tragedy struck in Warri, Delta state on Monday, June 15, as Nigerian football star Erhire Akpoyovwire Felix died after he reportedly battled an unknown illness for some time.

It was gathered that the former Warri Wolves striker who was a cult hero for Nigerian National League side J.Atete had been down with illness.

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Manager of Heartland football club Fidelis Ilechukwu described Erhire Akpoyovwire’s death as unfortunate, adding that he spoke with the player about twenty-four hours before he heard the sad news of his death.

Recall that in 2029, Erhire Felix made the headlines when he was suspended alongside team-mate Moses Omoduemuke by Warri Wolves for what the club described 'gross indiscipline'.

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