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Friday, July 27, 2012
Defoe returns home after tragedy

ESPN staff

Striker Jermain Defoe has flown home from Tottenham Hotspur's pre-season tour of the US after his cousin died in an accident while on holiday on a Caribbean island.

Hannah Defoe, 20, was electrocuted as she dived into a hotel swimming pool in St Lucia, according to reports, and Jermain has returned to the UK to be with his family after the tragic incident.

A statement on Tottenham's website said: "Jermain Defoe is to return home from our pre-season tour of the United States after receiving the tragic news of the death of his cousin Hannah Defoe while on holiday in St Lucia.

"Everyone at the club sends their sincere condolences to Jermain and his family and all our thoughts are with them at this sad time."

The Foreign Office confirmed the death, which is believed to have taken place on Wednesday.

An FCO spokeswoman said: "We are aware of a death of a British national in St Lucia. We are currently offering consular assistance to the family."

Sadly Defoe has seen tragedy strike in recent years, and he flew home from England's Euro 2012 camp in Poland last month following the death of his 49-year-old father Jimmy from throat cancer, while his half-brother Jade, 26, also died in 2009 after falling into a coma following a street attack in East London.

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