Mystery surrounds the sudden death abroad of a handsome young Australian football talent in a tragic accident.
- The Australian football star has died suddenly in an accident abroad.
- Declan Bingham played football for many years with Magic United of the Gold Coast.
- He moved to Pennsylvania in the US and played for the Erie Commodores.
- The news of his death on Saturday was announced by his father.
A promising Australian football star who died in an accident overseas is remembered by friends, family and colleagues for his athletic talent and kindness.
Declan Bingham, who played football on the Gold Coast and Pennsylvania in the US, died suddenly last Saturday under mysterious circumstances.
The news of the young athlete’s death was announced by Declan’s father Troy Bingham on social media.
Up-and-coming Australian football star Declan Bingham (pictured) died in a tragic accident overseas last Saturday. Friends, family and colleagues remember him for his athletic talents and kindness. He played football on the Gold Coast and in Pennsylvania in the USA.
His statement was later retweeted by the Erie Sports Center in Pennsylvania, where Declan and Troy played and worked respectively.
Mr Bingham said his business partner and Erie Sports Center co-owner Sheldon van Deventer also died in the same accident.
Rest in Peace Declan Bingham and Sheldon VanDeventer. It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the loss of my partner and son yesterday in a tragic accident.”
“The impact is huge and we are busy coping with grief. The Erie Sports Center will remain open and more information will be released soon,” he added.
News of Declan’s death (pictured left) was revealed by Declan’s father Troy Bingham on social media. Mr Bingham revealed that his business partner and Erie Sports Center co-owner Sheldon van Deventer (pictured right) also died in the same accident.
Declan was in his early 20s at the time of his death.
He played football for several years with Magic United of the Gold Coast in various age groups and divisions.
The club wrote a brief tribute to the talented athlete.
“Magic United extends its deepest condolences to the Bingham family.”
“Declan Bingham tragically died in an accident,” it said.
“Declan has played for various age groups in the Magic over the years, and most recently for the senior men’s team.”
Declan moved to the US for the next seven years and attended Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania on an athletic scholarship. Pictured with teammates in Erie Commodores suits.
Gannon University also published tributes to Declan (pictured left) and Sheldon van Deventer (pictured right).
Declan and his father Troy both played for the Magic United reserve team in 2015.
He then moved to the US for the next seven years and attended Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania on an athletic scholarship.
This was the same university that Declan’s father Troy had attended 30 years earlier and won recognition for his goalkeeping talents.
Gannon University also posted a tribute to Declan and Sheldon van Deventer, writing, “Our prayers are with Declan and Sheldon’s family and friends during this difficult time.
“I worked with both of them regularly and I will miss their friendship so much,” one Twitter user wrote in response to the news.
Both of you have always brought joy. I had the honor of knowing you, and you will never be forgotten,” said another.