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Young West Ham United forward dies after brave battle against cancer

Apr 18, 2014, 9:13 AM EDT

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On Friday sad news arrived from Upton Park, as West Ham United’s young striker Dylan Tombides passed away.

The Australian striker, 20, had been fighting against testicular cancer since 2011 but his brave battle against the disease ended with his family by his side.

Tombides was a supreme talent who made his first team debut against Wigan Athletic in the League Cup back in September 2012. At West Ham’s Chadwell Heath training ground Tombides was a regular visitor throughout his treatment and he was praised for his “positive attitude and professional approach to his football and training, as he always impressed and boosted his team-mates and coaches alike.”

In the following statement released on West Ham’s website, the club announced that there will be a minute’s silence at Saturday’s Premier League match with Crystal Palace, while the Hammers’ players will also wear black armbands in his memory.

West Ham United announce the sad news that forward Dylan Tombides has passed away at the age of 20 following his brave battle with cancer.

Dylan passed away on Friday morning with his family by his side having courageously fought the disease for three years after initially being diagnosed with testicular cancer in summer 2011.  He remained a regular visitor to Chadwell Heath throughout his treatment and his positive attitude and professional approach to his football and training always impressed and boosted his team-mates and coaches alike.

Dylan’s amazing resilience and positivity saw him through months of surgery and chemotherapy, while his outstanding talent saw him make his first-team debut in a League Cup tie with Wigan Athletic at the Boleyn Ground in September 2012. Away from the pitch, Dylan did a huge amount of work to raise awareness of male cancer, supporting the One for the Boys campaign at a number of high-profile events alongside the likes of Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson, snooker star Jimmy White and fellow Australian Peter Andre.

Dylan was respected by everyone who knew him for his intelligent views on the game and his larger than life character. He was a loving son, amazing brother and well-respected member of the West Ham squad. He will be hugely missed by everyone who had the honor of knowing him.