Former Premier League defender Jlloyd Samuel dies in auto crash

Aston Villa Jlloyd Samuel

He said: "Everybody associated with Bolton Wanderers Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former defender, Jlloyd Samuel".

The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, has also sustained serious injuries and is now being treated in hospital. Condolences to Emma, his kids and the Samuel family.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former player Jlloyd Samuel at the age of just 37 in a auto accident", a statement from the the club read.

Samuel was a well-known figure in English football throughout a professional career which saw him represent Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers between 1998 and 2011.

Samuel represented England at youth level before earning two senior caps with Trinidad and Tobago.

According to a report on the Telegraph, Jlloyd was on his way home after he had dropped off his children at their school and was unfortunately involved in a collision with an oncoming vehicle.

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He also spent three years with Iranian club Esteghlal, making 60 appearances and scoring four goals.

Samuel was born in Trinidad and Tobago but grew in London.

Manchester United's Ashley Young remembered how Samuel had "taken him under his wing" when he started out at Aston Villa.

Samuel played 71 times in the PL for Bolton before moving to Cardiff City.

Aston Villa confirmed players would wear black armbands as a mark of respect during their Championship promotion play off clash against Middlesborough on Tuesday night. "Rest in peace Jay".

"Our players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect tonight [in their play-off semi-final] and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this very hard time". He was capped by England from Under-18 to Under-21 level and was an unused substitute for the senior worldwide against Sweden in 2004 before switching allegiances to the country of his birth.

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