Ex-Prem star Jlloyd Samuel, 37, dies in vehicle crash


Jlloyd Samuel, the former Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers defender, has died in a vehicle crash at the age of 37.

Aston Villa's players will wear black armbands for tonight's Championship play off semi final against Middlesbrough as a mark of respect.

Samuel, 37, a Trinidad and Tobago global, played for Villa between 1998 and 2007 and spent four years at Bolton.

The defender died in a vehicle crash this morning (May 15), according to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

The Trinidad & Tobago Football Association have released a statement to report that Samuel, who won two worldwide caps for them, passed away after his auto collided with an oncoming vehicle.

Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has died in a auto crash, Cheshire Police have confirmed.

A Bolton statement said: "Everybody associated with Bolton Wanderers Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former defender, Jlloyd Samuel". May he rest in peace.

Samuel did not get clearance in time to join the Soca Warriors in Germany and it was another three years before he made his first senior worldwide cap in red, white and black strip.

He also had spells with Iranian clubs Esteghlal and Paykan.

Samuel spent almost a decade at Villa Park before joining Bolton in 2007.

Police have confirmed that the footballer, who had most recently been manager of non-league side Egerton, died at the scene.

"His next of kin have been informed and are now being supported by specially trained officers".

In a statement, Cheshire Police said Samuel died following a crash involving the 4x4 he was driving and a van at High Legh, near Warrington.

It is understood that the man who was driving the van sustained serious injuries and was immediately taken to hospital for treatment.

Road closures remain in place at either end of West Lane, near to the junctions of the A56 and the A50.