News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Dec. 31, 2013: Trinidad & Tobago-born defender with Hungarian football club, Ferencvárosi TC, has passed away at the age of 22, some four months after suffering a heart attack in Hungary.
Akeem Adams, according to The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, (TTFF), died at 12:45pm TT time on Monday, Dec. 30th. On 25 September 2013, Adams suffered a heart attack. His condition didn’t improve quickly enough and his left leg had to be amputated on October 8th in a life-saving surgery. His doctor had stated that his body wasn’t ready for a heart transplant that would be necessary to keep him alive.
Ferencvárosi, said the player had appeared to be on the mend following his heart attack in September and had subsequently been receiving treatment in the Varosmajor Heart Clinic. But according to Ferencvaros, Adams suffered a heavy stroke” on Saturday and fell into a coma. He died in Budapest 48 hours later.
“It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of FTC’s player, Akeem Adams,” read the Ferencvárosi statement. “This Saturday, complications arose and the player’s body could not cope anymore.”
“He went on his own. This was God’s call. He is at peace now,” Akeem’s uncle Ivan Dick said in a statement released by the TTFF. “We wish to thank all of those who offered their support to Akeem and his family. He touched us all in so many ways.”
“We would like to extend our deepest condolences and sympathies on behalf of the officials, players and supporters of all our teams to Akeem’s family and friends at this sad time,” the TTFF said in a statement.
“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 months ago,” added TTFF President Raymond Tim Kee.
Born April 13th, 1991, Adams first entered the national program at the Under 13 level in 2004 on a squad of players prepared for the Caribbean Under 15 Championships. At age 16, he became an integral part of the National Under 17 Team that defeated Jamaica at the CONCACAF qualifiers in Kingston to qualify for the 2007 FIFA Under 17 World Cup in South Korea.
Adams played in that World Cup and two years later went on to help the National Under 20 Team book its place in the 2009 FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Egypt, where he also made appearances at FIFA’s second biggest world tournament.
His progress was consistent and he made his senior international debut for T&T on March 19th, 2008 against El Salvador, and played his final international match on January 22, 2011 against Finland at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Adams made nine international appearances before joining Hungarian football club Ferencvárosi TC, which was his final team up until the time of his passing.