West Ham star Dylan Tombides honoured in Upton Park tributes

West Ham star Dylan Tombides has died aged just 20 following a battle with cancer.

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Minute's silence for Dylan Tombides after death

Crystal Palace football club will hold a minute's silence after the death West Ham player Dylan Tombides, who died today of testicular cancer.

Players and friends pay tribute to Dylan Tombides

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.

Dylan Tombides was a "larger than life character"

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.

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 Football Club

West Ham footballer Dylan Tombides dies

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.

Dylan Tombides in 2012 Credit: PA Photos

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.


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