After being reported missing on the 16th December, former Wigan Athletic defender Steve Gohouri has been found dead, aged 34.
Having been signed for the Latics by former boss Roberto Martinez in January 2010, Gohouri quickly found himself a spot in Wigan’s starting lineup towards the end of the 2009/10 Premier League season.
The defender netted his first Wigan goal in emphatic style, a stoppage time overhead kick to equalise against Hull City on the 3rd May 2010, a goal which relegated The Tigers.
Gohouri continued to make a name for himself in the Premier League the following season, featuring regularly in the 2010/11 season. The Ivorian’s most notable contribution that season being his equaliser in front of The Kop against Liverpool in a 1-1 draw on the 12th February 2011.
However Gohouri’s time at Wigan ended abruptly, when the defender was released at the end of the 2011/12 season after the player had fallen out of favour with Roberto Martinez, finding it difficult to make any impact in the few games he played that season.
Since his departure from the Latics, Gohouri had played for Maccabi Tel Aviv and Greek club Skoda Xanthi, before signing with German fourth division side TSV Steinbach in 2015.
Gohouri was reported missing on the 16th December after having attended his club’s Christmas party on the 11th December, and had supposedly gone to Paris to visit his family. Unfortunately, Gohouri never arrived in Paris, and was confirmed dead on the 2nd January after having been found in the River Rhine near the German city of Krefeld.
Speaking to Wigan Athletic’s club website, manager Gary Caldwell, who was a teammate of Gohouri during the Ivorian’s time with the Latics, commented on the sad situation:
“It’s extremely sad to hear. I heard the fans singing his name and we heard about the news in the dressing room.
“For somebody so young to lose their life is very sad, it’s tragic to find out about a former team mate passing away.”