Feb 18, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
The earthquake in Turkey has claimed the life of soccer player Christian Atsu, a forward for Ghana who also played for Newcastle and Chelsea in the Premier League. He was 31.
Under the remains of an opulent 12-story building where he had been residing in the city of Antakya, Hatay province, search crews discovered Atsu’s body on Saturday, according to his manager.
Murat Uzunmehmet told private news agency DHA, “Atsu’s lifeless body was found under the rubble.”
In September, Atsu signed with the Turkish team Hatayspor.
The city of Antakya, where Hatayspor is headquartered, is in the area of southern Turkey most severely affected by the earthquake.
On Friday, 43,000 people had died as a result of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Turkey and northern Syria on February 6, 2023.
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