27-year-old Turkey international footballer and Konyaspor star, Ahmet Yilmaz Calik has reportedly died in an auto crash.
The football star was on his way to make arrangements for his wedding when the incident happened.
He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident after he lost control of his vehicle on a motorway around 9 am on Tuesday morning.
“We are in deep sorrow to have lost our player Ahmet Çal?k who earned our fans’ and city’s love since the first day he arrived at Konyaspor,” the club wrote on Twitter.
The Turkish Football Federation said in a statement:
“It is with deep sadness that we learned that Ahmet Calik, football player of Ittifak Holding Konyaspor, who also played in our National Team, passed away as a result of a traffic accident.
“May Allah have mercy on the deceased; Our condolences to his family, relatives, Ittifak Holding Konyaspor Club and the Turkish football community.”
Former Galatasaray and Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski paid tribute by tweeting: I’m so sorry to hear the news, I’m in shock. Death doesn’t suit you, brother! May your place be heaven.
Known for his athleticism and aggressive defending, Calik had an impressive career at both club level and internationally, representing Turkey at the UEFA under-19 Championship and FIFA under-20 World Cup in 2013.