SAD NEWS: Steelers ex player suddenly passed away today

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Police are looking into the death of Adam Johnson, an American ice hockey player who died on Saturday following a “freak accident” while playing for the Nottingham Panthers in England.

 

During the second period of the Panthers’ game against the Sheffield Steelers, Johnson seemed to be seriously injured after colliding with a Steelers player.

 

Spectators were instructed to leave the Utilita Arena in Sheffield, and the game was promptly delayed. The Panthers confirmed on Sunday that Johnson died “following a freak accident at the game.” He was 29.

South Yorkshire Police (SYP) said on Monday that they are investigating the matter.

 

“We were called at 8.25pm on Saturday 28 October to reports that a player had been seriously injured during a Sheffield Steelers versus Nottingham Panthers game at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield,” a statement from the club stated.

 

“Officers responded to the site alongside other emergency services, and one male in his 20s was transported to the hospital with significant injuries. Unfortunately, he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

 

“Our officers remain at the scene carrying out enquiries and our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident remain ongoing.”

SYP issued a second statement on Tuesday, stating that, while its officers have already left the scene, the overall investigation is still underway and would take some time “due to the complex nature of this tragic and unprecedented incident.”

 

“As with all unexpected and sudden deaths, it is standard practice for police to fully investigate the circumstances and report our findings to HM Coroner,” said the SYP statement, referring to the specialist judges who investigate deaths that are deemed unnatural, violent, or whose cause is unknown.

 

Sheffield City Council has told CNN that it will assist with the probe.

 

“Firstly, our thoughts are with Adam’s family, friends, and teammates at this very sad and difficult time,” stated councilor Joe Otten, Chair of Sheffield Council’s Waste and Street Scene Policy Committee.

 

 

“Our Health and Safety team is helping South Yorkshire Police with their investigation and will assist wherever necessary.”

 

Fans have left flowers outside the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, where the Panthers play, and condolences have been paid throughout the world.

 

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