FORMER Nottingham Forest star Derrick Otim has died aged 24.
The English-born Ghanaian star drowned in Lake Keowee in South Carolina, USA – say reports in America.
In 2018, Lake Keowee was described as South Carolina’s “most deadly body of water” in a chilling local news article.
At the time of writing, 32 people had died in a 25-year span.
Otim’s former Forest team-mate Cash was quick to pay tribute, saying he “always brought a smile to everyone’s face”.
The midfielder had recently graduated from Xavier University – and is claimed to have been visiting friends in South Carolina.
After hearing the tragic news, Forest star 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”.
Nottingham Forest also tweeted, writing: “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.”
Fans were quick to pay their respects, too.
One tweeted: “Just heard some sad news. Former #NFFC Academy player Derrick Otim past away.
“Use to live few doors from me in st Ann’s. So sad to hear.”
Another wrote: “Devastated to hear of the passing of Derrick Otim.
“A wonderfully talented footballer and an incredible human being. Life can be unbearably cruel.”
A third said: “R.I.P brother, growing up was always the bench mark of where we all tried to get to.
“But forgetting football the most gentle + kind human being there is!
“Prayers up for you and your family at this devastating time.”
Another tweeted: “Devastating news. You inspired so many growing up and I’m proud to have been your friend and teammate.
“Will hold the memories close to me for life. Had such a bright future in and out the game and you could never meet a nicer person!!
“Rest in peace brother.”
A close friend added: “My heart is breaking Dez..For you, for your family & all your many many friends.
“A smile that could light up any room. A personality that noone could pick faults with.
“The kindest most gentle soul i ever had the pleasure of meeting. Rest easy my wonderful friend.”
Otim was part of Forest’s academy as a youngster but moved to American for university.
The midfielder – who was a regular starter for four years at Xavier University – is said to have recently graduated.
Otim was active on social media as recently as July 2, posting about Liverpool’s thumping defeat at Manchester City.
By: Dave Fraser
Title: Derrick Otim dead at 24: Former Nottingham Forest star passes away as ex-team-mate Matty Cash pays tribute to ‘top lad’
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12036267/derrick-otim-dead-24-nottingham-forest/
Published Date: Sun, 05 Jul 2020 10:34:40 +0000