According to reports from Denmark, former Chelsea youth prospect Per Weihrauch has passed away.
The 32-year-old was found dead in his apartment earlier this month and the cause of death has not been made public.
His brother, Bo Weihrauch, confirmed the news to the media outlet BT: “It’s [been] really hard when Per’s death came as a huge surprise.
“I have only good things to say about my brother in relation to the fact that he was well-liked among all those he associated with, who also showed up for the funeral, where there was a really large attendance and flowers that I have never seen before.”
Weihrauch was hailed as one of the brightest football talents to come out of Denmark at the time, joining Ajax’s famed academy in 2005 at age 16 and then transferring soon after to Chelsea, where fellow Dane, Frank Arnesen was the technical director.
He struggled with injuries during his playing career and a particularly stubborn hamstring problem forced him to retire by 2008.