Gabby Agbonlahor’s niece, 11, dies as ex-Premier League star shares tributes

Gabby Agbonlahor has lead the tributes for his young niece who's passed away after battling a degenerative brain disorder.

The former Aston Villa striker yesterday (January 27) shared the news that Jayla Agbonlahor, the daughter of his brother Charisma, died this week aged 11. She'd been unable to walk or talk and required around-the-clock care.

Gabby posted a picture of himself giving her a kiss on the head to Instagram and wrote: "Rest in heaven now my beautiful niece princess Jayla. You have suffered enough in this cruel world!

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"I love you and so many people will always love you! Watching you take your last breaths today has broken me. We will see you soon."

The comments section was flooded with love hearts, including from his talkSPORT colleague Laura Woods and former Villa team-mate Stiliyan Petrov.

Aaron Lennon replied: "Sorry to hear bro stay strong brother." Robert Snodgrass said: "Sending love to you and all your family mate."

And Anton Ferdinand added: "Condolences to you and your family Gabby sending you all my prayers and love."

Jayla's mum Louise, who set up fundraising campaign Jayla's Wish, explained in 2017 that doctors only gave her until the age of four to live – which she beat by seven years.

Speaking to BirminghamLive, Louise said: "When Jayla was born there was nothing wrong with her. But then, days after her first birthday, she stopped breathing and kept going blue.

"She was rushed to hospital where she remained for five months. At first they thought it was epilepsy. But eventually they couldn’t diagnose her and I was told that she wasn’t expected to survive."


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