Former Flying Eagles goalkeeper, Raymond King has died on New Year’s Day at the age of 52.
His death, however, underscored the deficit in Nigeria’s infrastructure as he died at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, while waiting for treatment following non-availability of power.
King came to fame as goalkeeper of IICC(now 3SC) winning several laurels with the side. He was reputed for being flamboyant in goal.
He later kept for defunct Abiola Babes, a club owned by late business mogul, MKO Abiola.
King died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, after a brief illness. He was reportedly rushed to the hospital moment before his death and was said to be awaiting treatment when he passed on.
Prior to his admission at LUTH, precisely a week ago, it was said that King was on admission at General Hospital in Ijaye but when his health continued to deteriorate he was moved to the State Hospital, Abeokuta, and later Ikorodu General Hospital.
“He just passed on 20 minutes ago at the LASUTH. He was transferred there when his condition was not improving.
“When the news got to the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, he directed that he (King) should be taken to LASUTH for better treatment and it was this evening on Monday he got there and LASUTH told us initially they didn’t have electricity to commence treatment or fuel to run their generator.
“But when they eventually started to set up their equipment to treat him he was already gasping for air and he passed on,” his former teammate at defunct Abiola Babes, Tajudeen Disu told Completesportsnigeria.com.
King, who hailed from Akwa-Ibom State last worked with the Ogun State Sports Council. It was said that he was living alone in Abeokuta before his demise. He is survived by four children whom he has with two women.