Jian Kayo dies at 21: Up-and-coming Brazilian football star is found dead at his home
- Jian Kayo Gomez Soares played as goalkeeper for Ituano FC in Brazil
- Born in Parana, he had worked his way up from Sao Paolo’s youth system
Footballer Jian Kayo has been found dead at his home aged 21.
The up-and-coming Brazilian star played as goalkeeper for Ituano FC. His death was confirmed in a statement by the football club.
He was found unresponsive in his home on Saturday evening, reported the Sun.
Kayo had played in Sao Paolo’s youth system and had been promoted to the professional squad for Ituano for the 2023 season.
The statement from the club, which currently plays in the second tier of Brazilian football Série B, read: ‘With great sadness and dismay, Ituano FC communicates the death of the athlete Jian Kayo Gomes Soares.
‘The body was found lifeless, at his residence, on the night of Saturday the 18th. Goalkeeper Jian Kayo, born in Parana, was 21 years old.
Brazilian football star Jian Kayo has been found dead at his home aged 21
The up-and-coming Brazilian star played as goalkeeper for Ituano FC, who confirmed his death in a statement
‘He arrived for the Under-20 of Ituano in 2021 and was a starter in the Paulista Championship of that year, a starter in the 2022 Sao Paulo Cup and also in Paulistao of the same year.
‘Promising and of quality, he was promoted to the professional squad for the 2023 season.
‘We deeply regret this great loss, directing our prayers to him, his family and his friends. Ituano FC is providing all the necessary support and attention to the family, at this time of deep pain.
‘As soon as possible, after approval by the authorities and the family, we will disclose additional information.’
On Sunday his club played against Santo Andre, winning 2-0 in an emotional victory after the loss of their teammate.