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Man City ex-youth player Jeremy Wisten tragically dies at 17 as Raheem Sterling and stars pay tribute

FORMER Manchester City youth player Jeremy Wisten has died aged 17 as Raheem Sterling joined Manchester City in paying tribute.

The Premier League club took to Twitter on Sunday evening to share the tragic news.

City's official account wrote: "The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former Academy player Jeremy Wisten.

"We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

"Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time."

Sterling quote tweeted the post with praying and flower emojis.

The cause of death is unknown at this stage and Wisten's family are yet to release a statement.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds to 'give him the best send off he deserves'.

The page description reads: "We are raising money to help Jeremy's family give him the best send off he deserves.

"The most beautiful soul who was loved by many. Everyone who knew Jez would know that he had a smile that would light up the room.

"Gone too soon but never forgotten, always in our hearts. We love you. Rest in paradise Jez."

The page raised more than £5,800 within four hours of being set up.

City academy talents Cole Palmer and Tommy Doyle - who recently made his first-team debut - posted on social media to pay their respects to the Malawi-born centre-back.

Palmer shared pictures and videos of himself with Wisten, writing: "You Will Be Forever Missed.

"Fly High My Brother Rest In Paradise!"

Liam Delap, who also recently appeared for the first team, commented with a love heart.

Doyle added: "So sad! RIP my brother."

Wisten joined the City academy in February 2016 after impressing on trial with the club and had aims of emulating legendary captain Vincent Kompany at the Etihad.

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