Ex-Prem star Jlloyd Samuel, 37, dies in auto crash

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Former Aston Villian defender, Jlloyd Samuel has died.

The news has been confirmed by a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

The 37-year-old player was understood to be on the way home after dropping his kids off at school when he collided with a truck on a country lane near Warrington.

An England youth global, he switched allegiance to Trinidad, where he was born, in a bid to play at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but FIFA rejected his application.

Jlloyd Samuel, who amassed more than 200 appearances in the English Premier League for Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers, has died following an early morning road traffic incident in Cheshire, England. "The TTFA and all his former teammates extends deepest condolences to his family in this most hard time".

Mr Samuel was born in Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in London, where he played junior football for Senrab, the club which produced famous names including John Terry and Sol Campbell, as well as West Ham and Charlton.

"At around 7.55am (0655GMT) police were called following reports of a collision involving a van and a Range Rover", said a statement from Cheshire Police. He also had loan spells at Gillingham and Cardiff before ending his playing career in Iran.

His family have been informed and are now being supported by specially trained police officers.

Aston Villa confirmed the team would be wearing black armbands ahead of tonight's play-off semi final second leg fixture against Middlesbrough.

Manchester United's Ashley Young remembered how Samuel had "taken him under his wing" when he started out at Aston Villa.

He wrote:"Absolutely gutted to hear the news of the passing of Jlloyd Samuel". Such a good guy on and off the pitch and a truly good friend.

Bolton also paid tribute to their former player via the club's social media channels.

"I know our club will honour him tonight and remainder of the season".

"Our players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect tonight and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this very hard time".

Rest in peace, Jlloyd.