Man United's David De Gea leads tributes after footballer aged 18 dies from liver cancer

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MANCHESTER United goalkeeper David De Gea has led tributes to an 18-year-old goalkeeper who died from liver cancer aged just 18.

Jordan Dawes, a former Charlton goalkeeper, was diagnosed with liver cancer in November last year, after she suffered a stroke.

Her family paid tribute in an emotional statement that read: “Today our beautiful total amazeballs daughter Jordan Dawes went to sleep for the last time.

“We are heartbroken beyond heartbroken.

Jordan Dawes

TRAGIC: The former footballer died at just 18-year-old (Pic: TWITTER@JordanDawes)

David de Gea tribute

TRIBUTE: Manchester United goal keeper paid his respects to Jordan (Pic: TWITTER@D_DeGea)

“She had so much life to live. Never stop loving and hugging your beautiful children as it’s a cruel world out there.”Today De Gea tweeted a picture of Jordan with the words: “Rest in peace, Jordan. I’m sure that you will keep on making saves up in heaven.”

Her former football club, Charlton, tweeted: “Everyone at Charlton Athletic Women is saddened to hear the news that former player Jordan Dawes has passed away today.

“Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.”

At the time of her diagnosis she was playing for fifth-tier side Kent Football United after spending her youth career at the Addicks.

HEARTBROKEN: Her family paid tribute to her in an emotional statement (Pic: TWITTER@JordanDawes)

As she recovered from her stroke in November last year, De Gea donated the gloves he wore in his 250th Premier League game to the 18-year-old.

De Gea tweeted Dawes’ coach Ciara Watling, saying: “Hi Ciara, I’d like to send my gloves of the 250 match to Jordan, hopefully she will cheer up a bit!”

Dawes replied: “Thank you so much, you’re my literal inspiration.”

Fran Kirby and Casey Stoney were two others to send support on social media, while crowdfunding helped raise £8,500 for treatment.

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