Luton Shelton tributes led by Sharp as ex-Sheffield United star dies aged 35

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Tributes have been paid to late Sheffield United and Jamaica striker Luton Shelton.

The 35-year-old has passed away after being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis back in 2018, which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease which has no cure.

Shelton played for the Blades between 2007 and 2008 either side of spells with Helsingborgs and Valerenga, making 19 league appearances and playing with James Beattie and Billy Sharp.

Since the tragic news of his passing was made public, Sharp has led the tributes to his former team-mate who is best remembered for scoring against Manchester City in the FA Cup.

He wrote: “Another former teammate to be taken too soon. RIP Luton Shelton.”

With Paddy Kenny saying: “Just heard the sad news that my former teammate Luton Shelton from our days at Sheffield United has died.

“35 years old is way to young for a young man life is to short so appreciate everyday.”

The club wrote in an official statement: “Sheffield United is saddened to hear reports in the Caribbean about the passing of our former striker, Luton Shelton, aged just 35.

“In recent years he has bravely battled Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – a progressive neurodegenerative disease.

“The condolences of all at the Blades are with Luton's family at this difficult time.”

Norwegian outfit Valerenga said on Twitter: “The sad news (of) Luton Shelton's untimely passing has reached us.

“He had ALS and was only 35 years old. Our thoughts go to his family and friends. Rest in peace Luton, in Valerenga you will never be forgotten.”

Shelton is Jamaica's record goalscorer with an impressive 35 goals in 75 international outings, and last played for Harbour View, the club he first played for, based in Kingston.

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