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Jamaican professional footballer and former striker for Sheffield United has passed away having suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which affects the nerve cells in the brain, and the spinal cord.
The striker played for Sheffield United from January 2007 up until the summer of 2008. He made four appearances at the Premier League and scored 4 times in a total of 21 outings.
The official Twitter account for Sheffield posted following his passing, “Sheffield United is saddened to hear reports in the Caribbean about the passing of our former striker, Luton Shelton, aged just 35. RIP, Luton.”
"In recent years he has bravely battled Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) - a progressive neurodegenerative disease.
This was followed up with another tweet, “Luton Shelton, 1985-2021. The condolences of all at the Blades are with Luton’s family at this difficult time.”
Shelton began his career at Harbour View and was recognized as the youth player of the year during his time there.
He proceeded to play for Helsingborg in 2006 and then Sheffield in 2007. In 2008, he joined Valerenga, then moved to Volga Nizhny Novgorod in 2013. He returned to Harbour View in 2017.
Luton Shelton was extraordinary on the International stage such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying games where he scored 5 goals in two appearances.
He is a record goalscorer for the Jamaican national team, scoring 35 times in 75 international appearances and the only player to score 4 goals on his debut.
The legend is survived by a wife and three children.
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