Father of Luton Shelton to be laid to rest today
The father of former national football player Luton Shelton is to be laid to rest today.
Luton Shelton Snr reportedly died in hospital on Thursday, May 16, after collapsing at home. He emerged into the media spotlight last year as he rallied support for his son in the former Reggae Boy's fight against Lou Gehrig's disease.
The Thanksgiving Service for Shelton Snr will be held at Church of the Open Bible, Washington Boulevard, Kingston starting 10:30 a.m.
The news of the event was posted on the website of Harbour View Football Club that Shelton jnr represented in his earlier years.
“A sudden passing hits hardest, so we pay our respects and offer our sincere condolences to the Shelton family, to find the inner strength to be strong when it is most needed,” the post on the club website stated.
Last month Shelton in a touching post to Instagram expressed grief over his father's death while hailing Shelton Snr for being a loving and supportive dad.
"Oh my god daddy... you were just at home sitting and watching tv yesterday with me... why I’m being tested so much y lord!!!" Shelton Jnr said.
"This man is most honest, supportive, proud, strong, loving Daddy lived a short life at 54 but he sure did a great job in instilling good qualities in us," he wrote, adding "He surely made a mark in my life I tell you that because you all can see what kind of human being I am... daddy all you want me to do is stay strong and I will do all I can to push through for you... love you."
Shelton Jr, one of Jamaica’s most prolific scorers, with thirty-five international goals, earned seventy-five caps and played at three CONCACAF Gold Cups, announced that he was battling the dreaded Lou Gehrig’s disease (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS) last year.
ALS is a rare neurological illness that mainly involves the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement.