Ex-AC Milan youth player Seid Visin killed himself after suffering from constant racial abuse.
Tributes have poured in after the 20-year-old was found dead at his home in Campania, Italy.
Who is Seid Visin?
Seid Visin who played at the youth academies of AC Milan and Benevento.
He was born in Ethiopia but as a child moved to Italy.
Seid was adopted by his parents Walter and Maddalena in Nocera Inferiore.
He went on to pursue his dream of becoming a footballer.
However, the promising young player decided to instead to focus on his studies as he retired from the sport in 2016.
But he continued to play five-a-side with Atletico Vitalica.
It was the club who announced his tragic death.
He is reported in Italian media to have taken his own life at his family home in Nocera.
Racism against Visin
The racism Seid Visin suffered in life has come into the spotlight after a heartbreaking letter he wrote.
The letter was read aloud at his funeral on Saturday, reports Corriere.
“Now, wherever I go, wherever I am, wherever I am I feel on my shoulders, like a boulder, the weight of people’s skeptical, prejudiced, disgusted and frightened looks,” he wrote.
Visin explained he had felt the increase in the racism he suffered.
He said that it was fuelled in part by the numbers of migrants settling in Italy.
He recounted a story while working as a waiter when an elderly white woman refused to be served by him.
The young man heartbreakingly said he felt like he had to “prove to people, that they didn’t know me, that I was like them, that I was Italian, that I was white”.
He wrote it was if he was “ashamed of being black, as if I was afraid of being mistaken for an immigrant”.
The letter was first penned in January 2019.
It was sent to some of his friends and his psychotherapist, reports Italian media.
Italian national team goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was roommates with Seid Visin while he was at AC Milan.
The 22-year-old stopper was one of many in the footballing community to pay tribute to his friend.
“I met Seid as soon as I arrived in Milan, we lived together in a boarding school.”
“A few years have passed but I can’t and I don’t want to forget that incredible smile of his, that joy of life,” Donnarumma said told ANSA.
“He was a friend, a boy like me.”