Shelton died on January 22, after a prolonged battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 35 years old.
In extending condolences to his family and close associates, Senator Morris said, “We have lost a prolific sporting icon who made an invaluable contribution to Jamaica’s football. Although we had been aware of his illness for some time, his death has come as a painful blow and he will be greatly missed. I join the local and international football fraternity in offering profound condolences on Luton’s passing.”
Senator Morris has taken the opportunity to offer sympathies and pay tribute to his wife Bobette, for her fortitude and grace in standing by her husband through a very difficult period of illness. We pray and hope that the family finds the strength to go forward.
Shelton had been suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, an illness that causes the motor neurons inside the spinal cord to die and over time causes muscles to degenerate progressively eliminating the ability of the affected person to move, speak, swallow and, eventually, breathe.
Reports of Shelton’s diagnosis came to light in 2018, 19 months after he suffered an injury while playing for Harbour View in a Premier League match against Tivoli Gardens in February 2017. It was his last match for the club.
During an international career that spanned a decade, Shelton represented Jamaica 75 times scoring 35 goals. His club career saw him playing for Harbour View, Helsingborgs IF, Sheffield United, Vålerenga, Karabükspor and Volga Nizhny Novgorod.
Shelton died just under two years after his father, Luton Shelton Snr collapsed at home and died on May 16, 2019.
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