Anton Walkes, a defender and midfielder for Charlotte FC, was tragically killed in a boat accident in Florida. He was 25 years old.
After a two-boat crash near the Miami Marine Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, Walkes was discovered unconscious and given CPR by Miami Fire Rescue. Walkes, who was in command of one of the vessels, was taken to a nearby hospital and died as a result of his injuries. The crash is being investigated, as per TMZ.
Who was Anton Walkes?
Anton Charles Walkes, who was born on February 8, 1977, played as a defender and midfielder in the English Premier League.
Walkes started his club career at Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League, where he made one League Cup appearance. In 2017, Atlanta United received him on loan. In August, his loan was extended through the end of the 2017 campaign. After finishing the 2017–18 campaign on loan with League One team Portsmouth, Walkes was then hired permanently by Portsmouth in July 2018. He spent two more seasons with Portsmouth before joining Atlanta United again in January 2020. He signed with Charlotte FC in 2022, and remained there until his passing in 2023.
Walkes joined Tottenham Hotspur in July 2013 and made his professional debut there.
On September 21, 2016, he made his first team debut against Gillingham in the EFL Cup, entering as a substitute in the 80th minute of a 5-0 triumph. In the UEFA Youth League group stage, Walkes made three appearances as captain, twice facing Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
He extended his contract with the team for a further two years on September 27, 2017, keeping him there through 2019.
Following his time on loan with Atlanta United, Walkes briefly joined the reserve team before being shipped out once more.
Walkes has a daughter named Ayla with partner Alexis.
Walkes was discovered unconscious following a crash of two boats near Miami Marine Stadium and pronounced dead on January 18, 2023.