One of the boys rescued from a Thai cave has sadly died after winning a scholarship to a prestigious school in the UK last year.
Duangpetch Promthep who was known as ‘Dom’ to those close to him was the captain of The Wild Boars football team who made headlines around the world after becoming trapped for days when heavy rainfall flooded the cave in 2018.
He was enrolled at Brook House College Football Academy in Leicester when he was found unconscious on Sunday afternoon.
The 17-year-old was taken to the hospital to be treated but tragically passed away on Tuesday.
Duangpetch’s cause of death has yet to be officially confirmed but he is believed to have sustained a head injury during a fall.
Last summer he ecstatically announced that he won a place at the school saying: ‘Today my dream has come true.’
Now just six months on and his life has been tragically cut short.
News of his death has sent shockwaves through his hometown in the province of Chiang Rai, in Thailand.
His teammates from 2018 have been posting heartbreaking tributes to the young football star.
One from Prachak Sutham, who was trapped with Duangpetch in the cave for two weeks, read: ‘You told me to wait and see you play for the national team, I always believe that you would do it.’
‘When we met last time before you left for England, I even jokingly told you that when you come back, I would have to ask for your autograph.
‘Sleep well, my dear friend. We will always have 13 of us together.’
A second message from Titan Chanin Viboonrungruang said: ‘Brother, you told me that we would be achieving our football dream… if the next world is real, I want us to play football together again my brother Dom.’
The local abbot of Phra That Doi Ngao Temple confirmed to Thai PBS that Duangpetch’s mother had told him that her son had been put on a ventilator after a fall but later died.
The heartbreaking news of his passing comes after Colin Farrell’s appearance in Thirteen Lives, the film adaptation of the daring cave rescue.