Shock as top women’s footballer dies suddenly aged 25 with ‘flu-like symptoms’

Molly Webb, who competed for the Loughborough Foxes, had apparently been enduring flu-like signs and symptoms in the days leading to her death. Her illness is stated to have quickly deteriorated on Sunday, January 6, and she died a short while after.

Close friends and family members have since given their tribute to the gifted athlete, who had also began doing work in the prison service.

Her family mentioned in an announcement: “On behalf of the family we would like to thank you all for your heartfelt support and beautiful messages which are comforting at this difficult time. We really appreciate how much everyone recognises Molly’s wonderful nature, kind and caring soul which will leave a lasting impact on everyone who was blessed to know her.”

In addition to playing for the Foxes going back when she was just a young teenager, Molly also handled the U12s side.

Steve Wilkinson, the club director of football referred to her as a “joy” who inspired everybody that she worked with.

He said:

“Molly was a joy to spend time with; she was vibrant, enthusiastic, a motivator and someone you want in your team whatever the situation.”

He further talked about Molly’s earlier life, saying that:

“Molly spent most of her teenage years and early adulthood as part of Loughborough Foxes where she played junior and senior football, was a key fund-raiser, coached several junior teams while also being a key decision maker behind the scenes.”

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