Seid Visin, a 20-year-old football sorcerer, who played in the youth academies of Benevento and AC Milan, was found dead at his house in Campania, Italy on June 4th.
The Ethiopian player is believed to have been going through a journey of depression due to attacks of racial discrimination. A note was left by Visin justifying his suicide: “Wherever I go, I feel the weight of people’s skeptical, disgusted and scared looks on me. I am not an immigrant … remember that everyone loved me.”
He also wrote: “I’m ashamed to be black;” the AC Milan player also noted that several people were blaming him for finding a job while a lot of young Italians were unemployed.
Seid Visin was born in Ethiopia but was adopted by Walter and Maddalena in Nocera Inferiore when he was 7 years old. He went to Italy to pursue his dream of becoming a famous footballer.
A Twitter user shared the player’s photo and wrote: “ I’ll remember your story, I’ll remember your name.”
The director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, took it into Twitter to slam racism in Italy saying: “This news is beyond heartbreaking.” He added that racism can be severely dangerous to people’s physical and mental health.
On the other hand, some said that the football player’s parents have denied allegations of him being subjected to racial abuse due to his skin color suggesting that the suicide note is actually a 2-year old letter.
AC Milan Youth Sector paid tribute to Seid Visin after his suicide news saying “there are no right words to say goodbye to a 20-year-old boy.”