English-born Ghanaian footballer, Derrick Otim dies at 24 after drowning in a lake in the US

English-born Ghanaian footballer, Derrick Otim has died at the of 24 after he drowned in a lake in the US.

The former Nottingham Forest midfielder drowned on Friday, July 3, in Lake Keowee, South Carolina, according to reports.

In 2018, Lake Keowee was branded South Carolina’s “most deadly body of water” in a local news article which said 32 people had lost their lives there within 25 years. 

Otim trained with Forest Academy, before moving to America for university four years ago.

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He had recently graduated from Xavier University – and is claimed to have been visiting friends in South Carolina before his sudden death. 

Tributes have been paid to the star player by Nottingham Forest FC and his former teammates, who described him as a ‘top lad.’

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