- Ghanaian actor Majid Michel believes Christian Atsu died prematurely
- The Ghanaian footballer died following the earthquake in Turkey-Syria
- Atsu's body has since been transported to Ghana for final burial rites
Ghanaian actor, Majid Michel believes footballer, Christian Atsu died prematurely.
The veteran actor, who doubles as a pastor, insists the player's death was unnatural and does not believe in the doctrine of 'God give and God takes'.
In an interview with Accra-based radio station Hitz FM, Michel explained his comments making reference to the biblical figure of Job.
"I don't believe in 'you don't know what will happen tomorrow', 'God gives and God takes', that is a lie," he said.
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"It was Job that made us believe that statement, that God gives and God has taken. Job said that in anguish; it was Job's words. Now we've made it a doctrine. It's false: God doesn't give and God does not take," he added.
Michel claimed the belief that God had given and then taken Atsu was also a lie.
"Atsu was not supposed to die. He died prematurely. No, God did not take Atsu."
Atsu was found dead 12 days after being trapped under rubble following the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
His body has since been transported to Ghana for his burial.
Danilo pays tribute to Atsu
Sports Brief also reported on Juventus and Brazilian defender, Danilo paying Atsu tribute following his tragic death in the Turkey-Syria earthquake.
Danilo and Atsu were teammates at Portuguese giants, FC Porto, breaking into the senior team in the same year.
Atsu sadly died after being trapped under rubble for 12 days, following the devastating disaster which claimed the lives of over 40,000 people in Turkey and Syria.
Abedi Pele mourns with Atsu family
Abedi Pele and his family visited the family of Atsu to commiserate with them following the passing of the footballer.
The mortal remains of the 31-year-old arrived in Accra on Sunday, with the family and Ghanaians in a state of mourning.
Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, other officials and family members received the body at the Kotoka international Airport.