Charlton star Lucy Kerr dies as footballer loses battle with cancer, aged 20

Former Charlton Athletic Women’s star Lucy Kerr has lost her battle with cancer and died at the age of 20.

Medics discovered Kerr had cancer when she broke her thigh bone with an MRI scan revealing she had bone and lung cancer, and chemotherapy treatment started immediately in London.

Kerr moved to the Valley in 2013 and progressed to the senior squad having also captained Kent Schools.

She also played for Sheppey Angels in Kent with the Addicks set to pay tribute to Kerr at a future match.

A Charlton statement read: "The thoughts of everyone at Charlton Athletic Women are with the family at this difficult time and the club will pay tribute to Lucy in an upcoming fixture.

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"Everyone at Charlton Athletic would like to send their condolences to Lucy's family at this difficult time."

Current Charlton Women’s manager Riteesh Mishra added: “The news is tragic. My heart goes out to Lucy’s family and friends.

“She was there at the start of my journey with Charlton as a coach with the Under 16s.

“Her personality and attitude in particular were infectious and she always put a smile on the faces of staff.

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“She will be in our thoughts and forever be part of our Charlton family."

Kent Football Association added: "We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Lucy Kerr who has sadly lost her battle with cancer.

"On top of playing for Charlton Athletic Women's FC, Lucy captained the Kent Schools team and refereed in the county too."

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And England star Toni Duggan tweeted: "Heartbreaking! My thoughts are with all her family and friends at this difficult time."

While West Ham ace Gilly Flaherty posted: "Thoughts go out to all of Lucy's family and friends at this difficult time."

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