Steve Gohouri, Former Wigan and Ivory Coast Defender, Dies at Age 34

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2016

Manchester United's South Korean midfielder Park Ji-Sung (L) vies with Wigan Athletic's Ivorian defender Steve Gohouri during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on November 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES  FOR  EDITORIAL USE Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
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Former Wigan Athletic defender Steve Gohouri was found dead in the river Rhine on Saturday. His family had reported him missing last month. He was 34.

According to Eurosport, Dusseldorf police confirmed the discovery of the Ivory Coast international's body to German outlet Rheinische Post. The Latics sent along their condolences:

Borussia Monchengladbach winger Ibrahima Traore also commented on the situation:

The Foals, whom the defender spent three years with starting in 2007, joined in the chorus:

The Eurosport report noted Gohouri attended a Christmas party with German club TSV Steinbach before heading for Paris to celebrate with his family, but he did not show up in the French capital. No further details about his disappearance or death were immediately released.

Gohouri spent time with numerous clubs starting in the late 1990s. Along with Wigan and Gladbach, he also made stops with Paris Saint-Germain, Young Boys and Maccabi Tel Aviv, among others.

He made 13 appearance for the Ivory Coast and scored three international goals.

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