Nana Sechere, his agent, confirmed the news via Twitter, stating thus: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce to all well wishers that sadly Christian Atsu’s body was recovered this morning
“My deepest condolences go to his family and loved ones. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers and support
“I ask that whilst we make the necessary arrangements, that everyone would please respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time.”
Reports of Atsu’s passing gained traction overnight
There are multiple reports from Turkey announcing the player’s death.
A number of Turkish journalists and media houses reported the news, even though GhanaWeb hesitated to report it at the time.
The last property of Atsu that was reportedly found at the site of the accident, that is at his apartment in Hatay, were two pairs of shoes, according to his agent Nana Sechere, who is currently in Turkey helping in the search.
Atsu’s passport found?
However, late Friday evening, a photo went viral of what is purportedly the passport of the 31-year-old.
There are two passports with one showing the biodata page of the player’s Ghanaian passport while the second passport shows a page with his American visa stamp.
A look at the surroundings of the said photo shows that it has some amount of rubble suggesting strongly that it is indeed at the site of his apartment.
Wakaso leads mourners
Mubarak Wakaso, a bosom friend of Ghanaian international Christian Atsu has reacted to news of the passing of his one-time team mate.
Wakaso’s tearful reaction comprised a farewell message to Atsu. “Rest well,” he tweeted with emojis of a broken heart, sobbing and weeping faces.