Christian Atsu: Tributes paid to Ghanaian soccer player found dead under earthquake rubble in Turkey

    Christian Atsu, who played for many English clubs including Newcastle and Chelsea, was confirmed dead on Saturday.

    (CNN)The body of Ghana soccer star Christian Atsu was found under rubble on Saturday, according to his agent, almost two weeks after the earthquake that devastated Turkey and Syria.

    "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," Atsu's agent Nana Sechere tweeted. "My deepest condolences go to his family and loved ones."
    The body of the Hatayspor player was recovered from under the rubble of his apartment, according to Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with Atsu's brother and sister present at the time, the ministry said in a statement.
      In another statement, the ministry said Atsu's body was expected to arrive in Accra on Sunday.
        Atsu went missing after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Turkey and Syria on February 6, killing at least 45,513 people, with at least 39,672 dying in Turkey, according to the latest number given by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.
        In the immediate aftermath, there was confusion as reports from Turkey originally said that Atsu had been located and was in a hospital, but on February 8, Sechere tweeted that it had come to light, contrary to reports, that Atsu was still missing.
        Before joining Hatayspor last year, Atsu had played in the Saudi Pro League for Al Raed FC. He had also represented several English clubs, including Chelsea, Everton, Bournemouth and Newcastle.