Jamaica's sports minister mourns death of former national footballer Luton Shelton

By Sports Desk January 22, 2021

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has expressed deep sadness at the passing of the Jamaican footballer Luton Shelton.

The former national striker died today at age 35 after ailing from ALS for more than two years.

“I am really saddened at Luton’s passing. I was hoping he would have made a turn-around although his illness was one that was a great challenge.  I continued to hope and pray for him,” said Minister Grange.

In October 2018, Minister Grange presented Shelton with a cheque for J$5million from the Sports Development Foundation towards his medical care after he was diagnosed with ALS.

“I will surely miss him,” said Minister Grange. “I know the entire sports fraternity will miss him and they are mourning as well.  Let us remember his family in our prayers.”

Shelton who is the only person to score four goals on his international debut for Jamaica in 2004, went on to earn 75 caps while scoring a record 35 goals for his country.

Shelton who is one of Jamaica’s most successful footballers represented Wolmer’s Boys High School before moving on to Harbour View FC and made his mark overseas playing for Sheffield United in England and other clubs in Sweden, Norway, Turkey and Russia.

Minister Grange said it was a difficult week as the nation also lost the football administrator Danny Lyn of Constant Spring fame and former Camperdown High and Harbour View player Andrew Williams.

“In this week we’ve lost three outstanding men who were dedicated to sports and have left indelible marks in football.  Each of these men was a role model who will continue to inspire the next generation of Jamaican achievers,” said Minister Grange.

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