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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The entire Point Fortin hometown of
footballer Akeem Adams was plunged
into sadness yesterday, following his
passing at a Hungarian hospital.
As word spread that the 22-year-old
footballer had died after suffering a mas-
sive stroke over the weekend, relatives
were bombarded by local and foreign calls
from people expressing their condolences.
At his home at Salazar Trace, Mora,
Point Fortin, relatives said everyone was
in a state of shock because Adams was
showing signs of improvement.
"We are in a state of shock because he
showed signs of progress late November
and December," said his cousin Roland
Adams lived with his mother, Ancilla,
and brother, Akini, who have remained at
his hospital bedside since he suffered a
heart attack three months ago. Adams
slipped into a coma on Saturday after suf-
fering the massive stroke and never
Dick said confirmation of his passing
came around 12.45 pm when Adams
mother called his uncle, Ivan Dick.
Recalling the last time relatives com-
municated with Adams, he said it was on
"We had a family gathering and we
spoke to him, via Skype, for about an
hour. He gave us the thumbs up and he
started to weep when he saw his grand-
father Asinto Dick," he said.
He said Asinto s 90th birthday is in
February and the family has been planning
a party for him.
"He saw all the little kids and he wept.
He gave us a wave, we not knowing that
was his final goodbye to us."
Dick said doctors eventually advised
that Adams not speak because they did
not want him to exert himself. He said
each day prayer services and night vigils
were held in the community for Adams s
recovery and for him to have a successful
heart transplant on February 4.
Asked if he knew how Adams s mother
was coping, Dick said she was a very
"She was still trying to come to terms
with her husband passing a few years ago.
This is even more shocking, he being so
young," he added.
Dick said arrangements were being made
to have his body flown to Trinidad.
"The Hungarian officials are working
with a timeframe of a week. They are
making the arrangements," he said, adding
they were also awaiting the autopsy results.
Dick, the secretary of the Silver Harps
Black Gold Club, said Adams was a role
model to the young people in the com-
"The entire community is in mourning.
It s a cold atmosphere throughout the
community. This family is the livewire in
Residents who spoke with T&T
Guardian expressed sadness over the pass-
Toby Agard said: "He is somebody who
was real cool, down to earth. That real
sad. It tough for his mother, who lost his
father a little earlier. I don t know how
she will cope with this."
Another resident, David Ghouralal,
described Adams as his good friend.
"It shocking, we thought he was getting
better," he said.
Point MP, mayor saddened
Point Fortin MP Paula Gopee-Scoon
yesterday said Akeem Adams had made
an enormous contribution to the local
Expressing condolences to his family,
Gopee-Scoon said: "I am very sorry about
the death of someone who has contributed
so much to the sporting world and life of
this country and he must be recognised
"We cannot question God."
She also expressed her gratitude to the
Hungarian medical team who attended to
Adams. She intends to visit Adams s family
today, she said.
Point Fortin mayor Clyde Paul also
expressed condolences to the family. He
pledged the Point Fortin Borough Corpo-
ration s support and assistance to the fam-
He has suffered enough---Jack
Former Fifa vice president Jack Warner
described the passing of Adams as unfor-
Speaking with reporters in La Brea, he
said: "I think he has suffered enough. It
is sad he is still a flower of his youth. A
He said the void left in the sports world,
particularly in football, because of Adams
passing would not be easily filled.
On behalf of the Independent Liberal
Party, Warner, the political leader, extended
condolences to Adams s immediate family
and friends. (See Page A62)
Hungary-based professional footballer
Akeem Adams died yesterday after suffering
a stroke over the weekend.
The T&T Football Association (TTFA) con-
firmed his passing, which occurred at 12.45
pm local time at the Varosmajori Heart Clinic,
Budapest, Hungary, where his team, Ferenc-
varos, is based.
His death came as a surprise to T&T fans,
who had rallied around him with fund-raising
drives and "I support Akeem" T-shirts after
he suffered a massive heart attack on September
25, since he had seemed to be on the road to
recovery until the weekend.
Adams s condition seemed to be improving
after several lifesaving operations, one of which
required the amputation of his left leg owing
to necrosis (cell death).
Over the past few months he had been await-
ing a heart transplant which never took place
because he was unable to heal quickly enough
after the amputation.
Adams fell into a coma on Sunday after suf-
fering a massive stroke and his condition wors-
ened to the point where he was placed on life
Early yesterday, social media lit up with
rumours that Adams had been taken off life
support and had died after his mother, Ancilla
Adams, was offered the option of "pulling the
The TTFA, however, released a statement
saying his mother "has opted to go with faith
and has decided against taking her son off life
support following initial reports of a decision
to take that step earlier today." About an hour
afterwards, however, Adams passed away.
Gone too soon
In their statement yesterday, the TTFA
praised Adams for his accomplishments and
expressed regret that a boy with such a bright
future ahead of him had departed the world
"Akeem was a prospect that undoubtedly
would have had a bright future in the game."
Adams uncle Ivan Dick, who acted as a rep-
resentative for him during the ordeal, was the
one to break the news locally.
"He went on his own. This was God s call.
He is at peace now. We wish to thank all of
those who offered their support to Akeem and
his family. He touched us all in so many ways,"
Raymond Tim Kee, president of the TTFA,
immediately after receiving the news, issued
a statement to the media, saying:
"No words can fully express our grief and
dismay on what has happened. We can only
pass on all our thoughts and prayers to his
family and hope they will get some strength
from the outpouring of love and support from
everyone over this period going back to the
time that he suffered the heart attack some
"Everyone in our football fraternity is deeply
affected by this. Not only was he a promising
and dedicated footballer, but he was also a fine
His club Ferencvaros also expressed deep
"Thanks to the heroic fight of the medical
staff at the hospital, Akeem s chances to survive
grew continuously. He became able to meet
his relatives and friends by his hospital bed.
During the intensive treatment, the physicians
prepared him for a heart transplant.
"The medical staff of Varosmajori Heart
Clinic and Ferencvaros Torna Club share the
pain of the loss of Akeem Adams," it said.
Acting Prime Minister Errol Mc Leod
yesterday observed a minute s silence for
22 year-old-national footballer Akeem
Adams, who died in Budapest, Hungary.
McLeod remembered the young footballer
during a press conference he held at the
Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair. (See
Describing the former national football
player as very talented, Mc Leod also
extended condolences to the family of
Adams. He said he hoped that Adams s
short presence on the football field was
enjoyed by all.
The 22-year-old Ferencvaros player was
expected to have a heart transplant next
February but died after suffering a massive
stroke over the weekend.
Mc Leod said a mechanical heart was
inserted into Adams in one of his four sur-
"However," he said, "a severe stroke on
Saturday night caused bleeding to his brain
and proved too much for him."
This was God's
call, says uncle
Acting PM observes minute's silence
Point Fortin mourns
for Akeem Adams
He had Boxing Day chat with family
Toby Agard, a resident of Salazar Trace,
Mora, Point Fortin, reflects on the impact
deceased T&T footballer Akeem Adams had
on the community yesterday.
Roland Dick, cousin of Hungary-based
footballer Akeem Adams, remembers his
relative's life as he stands outside the
family's Mora, Point Fortin, home yesterday.
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