Grange saddened at passing of Jamaica's all-time leading goalscorer Luton Shelton

January 23, 2021

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has expressed deep sadness at the passing of former Reggae Boy Luton Shelton.

“I am really saddened at Luton’s passing. I was hoping he would have made a turn around although his illness was one that was a great challenge.  I continued to hope and pray for him,” Minister Grange said in a statement.

In October 2018, Minister Grange presented Shelton with a cheque for J$5million from the Sports Development Foundation towards his medical care after he was diagnosed with ALS.

“I will surely miss him,” said Minister Grange. “I know the entire sports fraternity will miss him and they are mourning as well.  Let us remember his family in our prayers.”

Shelton who is the only person to score four goals on his International debut for Jamaica in 2004, went on to earn 75 caps while scoring a record 35 goals for his country.

Minister Grange added that it was a difficult week as the nation also lost the football administrator Danny Lyn of Constant Spring fame, and former Camperdown High and Harbour View player Andrew Williams.

“In this week we’ve lost three outstanding men who were dedicated to sports and have left indelible marks in football.  Each of these men were role models who will continue to inspire the next generation of Jamaican achievers,” said Minister Grange.

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