Atalanta winger Willy Ta Bi has passed away after a long bout with cancer.
The tragic death of the 21-year-old was announced by Atalanta on Tuesday on social media.
"It's with great sadness that we announce the painful loss and untimely death of one of your family members, Willy Braciano Ta Bi. Primavera Champion in 2019, he saw his dream come to an end too soon. Goodbye Willy, rest in peace," Atalanta wrote.
The young forward also played for the Ivory Coast at youth level, but had not played a competitive match since June 14, 2019 for his club as he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after.
"President Antonio Precassi and the whole Atalanta family are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Willy Braciano Ta Bi," the Serie A club wrote in a statement.
"A cruel destiny interrupted a dream that began with the Nerazzurri shirt in January 2019 too soon.
"He only needed a few months to earn a leading role in the Primavera and help bring the Scudetto back to Bergamo, but above all to leave a great memory."