Justin Fashanu

Justin Fashanu

Birth
Shoreditch, London Borough of Hackney, Greater London, England
Death 2 May 1998 (aged 37)
Greater London, England
Burial Cremated, Other, Specifically: Ashes to his home in Norfolk.
Memorial ID 13211597 · View Source
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Professional Football (Soccer) Player. He was born in Shoreditch, England. At the age of 14, he was signed to Norwich City and by his late teens, he had risen to the first team. He sealed his reputation with a memorable goal against Liverpool. In 1981, he became the first black player to command a £1m transfer fee. He is widely remembered as the first professional soccer player to openly "come out" and admit he was gay. When Brian Clough, his trainer in Nottingham Forest learned that Justin was gay, he suspended him. In the fall of 1995, Fashanu joined American side Atlanta Ruckus of the A-League. In 1998, he was accused of a crime and despite his claimed innocence, he commited suicide, in east London. A suicide note was found with Fashanu's dead body that denied any criminal acts. Fashanu wrote: "The first I heard that I was a fugitive was when I turned on the television news. I realised that I had already been presumed guilty." He was listed at number 99 in the top 500 lesbian and gay heroes in The Pink Paper. Also, Gay activists held a memorial tribute in London, shortly after his death.

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 2 Feb 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13211597
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Justin Fashanu (19 Feb 1961–2 May 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13211597, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Other, who reports a Ashes to his home in Norfolk..