What happened to Jlloyd Samuel? Footballer’s death explained
ITV documentary The Footballer, His Wife & the Crash follows the Aston Villa star’s death and revelations about his double life
Jlloyd Tafari Samuel was a professional footballer, born in Trinidad and Tobago but raised in London, he played as a defender and midfielder for Premier League club Aston Villa. Samuel made 198 appearances for Villa before joining Bolton Wanderers in 2007, where he made 71 appearances.
Championship. Samuel spent the last four years of his professional career in the Iran Pro League, representing Esteghlal and Paykan. He won a Hazfi Cup and a league title with Esteghlal. From 2011 to 2014 he played for Iranian club Esteghlal and the following year for Paykan. In 2017, he became player and manager of the amateur team Egerton, Cheshire.
Samuel died in a shock accident in 2018 and was survived by his wife Emma Samuel and their three children – but after his death rumors emerged that he had married a second wife in secret.
How did Jlloyd Samuel die?
On May 15, 2018, Samuel was driving home after dropping his children off at school. His Range Rover collided with a van and caught fire – Samuel died at the scene and the driver of the van was seriously injured. An investigation revealed that Samuel had been double the drink-driving limit at the time and his car had strayed onto the wrong side of the road, resulting in a head-on collision.
What happened after the death of Jlloyd Samuel?
Samuel’s wife Emma was understandably shocked by her husband’s sudden death but was unprepared for the revelations that followed the event and the threats she faced from the family of Sam.
After Samuel’s death, Helia Sahimi, an Iranian fashion designer and singer, posted videos of herself and Samuel on her Instagram account, and called him her husband. She claimed that Samuel married her while he was playing in Iran and became a Muslim to be with her.
In a post shared on Sahimi’s Instagram on May 17, 2018, she wrote, “Tell me how can I live without you? Thanks to everyone who sympathizes and to those who didn’t know my life, please don’t add to my sadness if you don’t understand it. In the years since Samuel’s death, Sahimi has continued to post video tributes to the man she calls her husband – her last post on Samuel was on December 5 last year.
Emma also started receiving threats stemming from conspiracy theories about her husband’s death. Samuel’s sister, Leslie-Ann, claimed Emma faked her husband’s death, even though an examination of the body’s teeth matched Samuel’s dental records.
Sahimi also shared a video of Leslie-Ann on her Instagram account in June 2018 – in the video she questions the nature of her brother’s death, said she was conducting her own investigation into the accident and has asserted that “the truth will come out”. ‘
Emma has started an Instagram page, Wag to Widow, where she recounts her experiences following the death of her husband. In her first post in 2021, she wrote: “I will speak honestly about the mistress, the slander, the harassment and the threats I have had to endure since my loss and how you can keep going through a tragic situation. .”
When is The Footballer, His Wife & the Crash on TV?
The Footballer, His Wife & the Crash airs on ITVBe (Freeview channel 28) on Thursday November 3 at 9 p.m. The documentary is 90 minutes long and will be available on ITV Hub shortly after it first airs.