BBC Sport have confirmed the death of former Wigan defender Steve Gohouri after he was missing following his current club TSV Steinback’s Christmas party on December 12. German police confirmed his body had been found in the River Rhine in the western city of Krefeld on the weekend.
Gohouri made 42 appearances for Wigan between 2010 and 2012 and represented his country, Ivory Coast, 12 times. He signed a one-year contract with German outfit TSV at the start of December and only made one league appearance during his short spell with the club.
The Latics took to their Twitter page to write a short statement concerning their former defender:
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Gohouri’s international team-mate and friend Didier Drogba posted a tribute on his Instagram account:
The travelling Wigan fans chanted their former defender’s name in their 1-1 draw away to Scunthorpe United at the weekend but the players were only informed of the incident as they entered the changing rooms after the full-time whistle.
Current Latics boss Gary Caldwell paid tribute after the game: “It's tragic, for someone so young to have lost their life, somebody who not so long ago was a teammate of ours. I always remember he used to take a bit of stick for his clothes when he'd come in for training.”
Wigan goalkeeping coach and former team-mate of Gohouri, Mike Pollitt, said, “He was a lovely lad, I always got on really well with him. He was a real character in the dressing room, never a moment’s trouble during the time he was here.”