Cameroonian youngster Joseph Bouasse is dead following a fatal cardiac arrest on May 21.
The young Cameroonian was part of AS Roma’s Academy in 2016 after being scouted the previous year.
He made his professional debut for Serie B side Vicenza while on loan from Roma in 2017.
And prior to his passing, he played for Romanian club Universitatea Cluj, having signed for them in February.
The club is desperately saddened to learn of the untimely death of former Primavera player, Joseph Bouasse Perfection.— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 25, 2020
The thoughts of everyone at #ASRoma are with all those closest to him. pic.twitter.com/Ipca8PnC3o
Tributes flowed freely on social media from friends, football fans and former teammates, including Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger as well as his former club AS Roma.
Bouasse arrived in Italy at 16 alongside other child refugees from Cameroon, seeking a new life in Europe. He was signed up by a refugees team in Italy, Liberi Nantes, where Roma scouted him and took him under the Academy wings.