Everyone inside Upton Park got up in the 38th min to applaud for West Ham's #38 Dylan Tombides - who lost his life. http://t.co/AYxPpxzlUR
Crystal Palace football club will hold a minute's silence after the death West Ham player Dylan Tombides, who died today of testicular cancer.
Following the passing of @whufc_official striker Dylan Tombides, age 20, there will be a minutes applause ahead of game at Upton Park.
Fellow footballers and friends of Dylan Tombides have been paying tribute to the West Ham star on Twitter. The club has confirmed his death today after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Such heart breaking news. Dyl you were a great friend, a great player and most of all a great person. I'm blessed and privileged to have...
Incredibly sad to hear the news about Dylan Tombides. He was always so positive despite his illness. All my thoughts are with his family. dg
Dylan Tombides, who has died aged 20, was a "larger than life character" who was "respected by everyone who knew him", West Ham United said in a statement.
The striker had been battling testicular cancer for nearly three years.
A club statement said:
"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.
– West Ham United Football Club
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 honour of knowing him."
West Ham United striker Dylan Tombides has died aged 20 following a long battle with testicular cancer.
The club confirmed that the Australia-born player, who was diagnosed with the disease in summer 2011, died on Friday morning with his family by his side.
There will be a minute's applause in tribute to the young footballer at West Ham's game against Crystal Palace tomorrow at Upton Park.
West Ham players will also wear black armbands in his memory.