TURKISH footballer Ahmet Eyup Turkaslan has died after his body was found under rubble following the huge earthquake that hit the country.
Turkey has been decimated after a huge 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
On Tuesday, his club – Yeni Malatyaspor – revealed: "Sorry for your loss.
"Our goalkeeper, Ahmet Eyup Turkaslan, lost his life after being under the collapse of the earthquake.
"Rest in peace. We will not forget you, beautiful person."
Ex-team-mate Moussa Sow led the tributes, as he tweeted: "You were a good guy super nice respectful happy to have been able to know you."
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A day earlier, it was announced that 28-year-old goalkeeper Turkaslan was among those trapped under rubble.
His wife was successfully rescued alive, but it was stated that medics were working on trying to save the stopper’s life.
After the shock news, Yeni Malatyaspor tweeted: “Our prayers are with you.”
At the time, theclub’s assistant coach confirmed: “We have not reached our goalkeeper Ahmet Eyup Turkaslan yet.
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“There is no sign at the moment. His wife survived and described his location.”
Now the grave news that he is one of the thousands to have lost their lives courtesy of the natural disaster has been confirmed.
Turkaslan came through the ranks at Bugsasspor but was sent out on loan to Osmanlispor for experience in 2016.
He made his professional debut for them in a 4-0 loss to Besiktas but went on to impress there and later joined them permanently.
Turkaslan stayed for three years before moving on in 2020 to sign for Umraniyespor, where he spent one campaign prior to making the move to Yeni Malatyaspor.
A second massive earthquake hit Turkey earlier just hours after more than 1,000 people were killed in an enormous once-in-a- century tremor of magnitude 7.8.
The country had already been rocked by repeated aftershocks amid this morning's disastrous quake.
But now it has been hit by a quake almost as big as the first, registering at 7.5.
The second quake was at a depth of just five miles.
Experts had already warned the death toll – which is already at more than 1,000 – could hit as high as 10,000.
The enormous quake – the biggest to hit the country in 100 years – also caused devastation in neighbouring Syria.
Striking just before dawn, the epicenter was near the town of Nurdagi, Turkey.
The ground began to shake as many people were still unsleep in their beds and unable to flee.
It had a depth of some 15 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey.
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Up to 78 aftershocks followed that stretched to daylight hours with the strongest measuring 6.6.
And elsewhere, a massive tower of fire was seen as a gas pipeline ruptured.
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