LFE is saddened and shocked to hear of the death of former Norwich City apprentice Alex Stephens.
Club staff have expressed their sadness after it emerged that 21-year-old Stephens had died earlier this week.
The left-back was a popular figure at the Canaries academy after joining from Watford in 2009. He left the club in 2011.
Ricky Martin, academy manager at Norwich, said:
“He was a bubbly and easy-going lad, very well-liked by his team-mates and staff during his time with us. Our thoughts are very much with Alex’s family and friends at this time.”
Former academy players, who played alongside Alex, have also paid their tributes on social media.
AFC Wimbledon’s George Francomb, said: “So sad to hear and ex-team mate of mine and a lad I shared digs with in youth team has died. A real top guy. RIP Alex Stephens.”
Jamar Loza, who broke into the Canaries first team at the end of last season, said: “Right now I’m speechless! Don’t know what to do or say. Such a nice guy, only 21, taken too soon. RIP Alex.”
Matt Ball, who now plays for Stevenage FC, tweeted, “RIP bro!! Things like this make you realise that you can’t take anything for granted and that every day you have is special. I spent two great years playing football every day with him and every day this guy would of made me laugh! Love you bro!!!”
Josh Dawkin added: “RIP Alex Stephens. Great lad who I shared digs with in Norwich. Always so happy. Thoughts go out to his family.”