Dylan Tombides dies following cancer battle

 Dylan Tombides of Australia in action during the AFC U-22 Championship Group C match between Australia and Kuwait at Royal Oman Police Stadium on January 12, 2014
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West Ham United striker Dylan Tombides passes away at the age of 20 following a three-year battle with testicular cancer.

West Ham United striker Dylan Tombides has died following a battle with testicular cancer.

The 20-year-old, who was diagnosed with the illness in 2011, passed away with his family at his side this morning.

A statement on the club's website said: "Dylan was respected by everyone who knew him for his intelligent views on the game and his larger than life character.

"He was a loving son, amazing brother and well-respected member of the West Ham squad. He will be hugely missed by everyone who had the honour of knowing him."

The club will hold a minute's applause at Upton Park ahead of tomorrow's Premier League match against Crystal Palace.

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