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Former Wigan footballer, 34, found dead

Steve Gohouri had been missing since before Christmas and his body has reportedly been found in the River Rhine.

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IVORY COAST INTERNATIONAL and former Wigan defender Steve Gohouri has died at the age of 34.

The defender, who played in the top flight in England, Switzerland and Germany was reportedly found dead in the River Rhine, after he went missing before Christmas.

One of Gohouri’s former clubs Borussia Monchengladbach, posted on Twitter: “Borussia are mourning the loss of Steve Gohouri. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.”

Wigan Athletic have also expressed their sadness at the news.

Gladbach’s Guinean winger Ibrahima Traore tweeted: “RIP my brother Steve gohouri. No Word for such a drama.”

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He played 42 times for Wigan between 2010 and 2012 and had 13 caps for the Ivory Coast.

Gohouri had been playing in Germany’s fourth tier with TSV Steinbach, who released a statement on 16 December confirming that Gohouri had gone missing.

German police began a search for Gohouri when he disappeared after his club’s Christmas party,  he had told team-mates he was heading to Paris to see his family.

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