Eighteen-year-old Emilio Ballack, the son of Bayern Munich and Chelsea legend Michael Ballack, was tragically killed in a quad accident in the early hours of August 5. He was reportedly riding off-road near his family’s holiday home in Troia, south of Lisbon, when he lost control of the vehicle and was crushed beneath it (Mirror, Telegraph).
“The quad was on an uneven piece of land and at this stage it appears to have gone backwards and as it did fell on top of the victim and crushed him,” a local police officer told the Mirror. Ballack could not be revived and was declared dead at the scene.
Police have thus far declined to confirm Ballack’s identity. A spokesman said, “An 18-year-old man has died following an accident at a private property in Troia. We received an alert shortly after 2am this morning. I am not at liberty to go into details about the identify of the dead man. I can confirm he was on the vehicle he had his accident in alone.”
The younger Ballack had shared photos from his vacation on Instagram as recently as this past weekend. His account now appears to be offline.
Chelsea has already expressed its condolences on social media.
Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Emilio Ballack at the terribly young age of 18.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 5, 2021
All our thoughts are with his father Michael and his family at this sad time.
Emilio was the middle child of three sons whom Ballack had with then-wife Simone Lambe. He is survived by brothers Louis and Jordi.
We at BFW are all saddened by this unimaginable tragedy.
Bayern Munich has now posted its own condolences for Emilio Ballack:
Emilio Ballack, der 18-jährige Sohn von Michael Ballack, ist bei einem Unfall tödlich verunglückt. Der FC Bayern ist in Trauer mit seinem langjährigen Spieler und seiner Familie vereint.— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) August 5, 2021
Emilio Ballac, the 18-year-old son of Michael Ballack, has died in a fatal accident. FC Bayern is united in mourning with its longtime player and his family.