Family pays tribute to footballer who died in crash

Aston Villa players took part in a minute's applause in remembrance of Jlloyd Samuel at Villa Park yesterday

Aston Villa paid tribute to former defender Jlloyd Samuel on Tuesday after he was killed in a auto accident in Cheshire.

He was understood to be on the way home in Cheshire after dropping his kids off at school when he collided with a van on a country lane.

Samuel lived with his wife Emma and three children - Javarne, Lakyle and Amara - in nearby Lymm.

"Sadly, the driver of the auto, Jlloyd Samuel, 37, from Lymm, died at the scene", a police statement said.

According to Telegraph football, Samuel was pronounced dead by paramedics while the van driver, a 54-year-old was rushed to hospital for treatment.

The defender played for the England youth team and the national team of Trinidad and Tobago.

Samuel was born in Trinidad and Tobago but grew up in London. He also had loan spells at Gillingham and Cardiff before ending his playing career in Iran.

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"Took me under his wing when I joined Villa and helped me settle".

"It is devastating news".

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

"The family at this time respectfully request to be left alone so they can have time to grieve and mourn his passing".

Bolton Wanders FC also posted to Twitter, saying: "Rest in peace, Jlloyd".

"We've received some bad news that former national defender and ex-Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers player Jlloyd Samuel died in a auto crash this morning in England", the Trinidad and Tobago FA said on its official Facebook page.

"Jlloyd played for the #YoungLions at U18, U20 and U21 levels, and was called up to the senior squad in 2004".

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