Tributes paid to West Ham's Dylan Tombides on Twitter from fans, players and celebs

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The 20-year-old Australian has lost his three year battle with cancer.

The football community is in morning today after losing one of its sons. West Ham United confirmed earlier today that Australian striker Dylan Tombides had passed away at the age of 20-years-old after a battle with testicular cancer.

The forward, who was considered a talent worthy of a first-team place in the future, has been battling the disease for three years.

An Australian youth international who scored a goal at the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico made his senior debut for the club in the League Cup v Wigan Athletic in 2012.

A club statement from West Ham read:

"Dylan has passed away on Friday morning with his family by his side having courageously fought the disease for three years after initially being diagnosed with testicular cancer in the summer of 2011."

The statement continued: "Dylan was respected by everyone who knew him for his intelligent views on the game and his larger than life character.

"He was a loving son, amazing brother and well-respected member of the West Ham squad. He will be hugely missed by everyone who had the honour of knowing him."

The club will hold a minutes applause on Saturday against Crystal Palace and the players will wear black armbands in honour of their fallen youngster.

20-years-old is no age for anybody to die - but to see somebody with such immense talent taken away so early is truly tragic.

But in his short time on the planet he clearly touched many an individual and the outpouring of grief on Twitter has seen celebrities, fans, players and officials all pay tribute to a talented young man - gone too soon.

R.I.P Dylan

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