Police are investigating a possible attack on former Ajax and Twente-Enschede footballer Jody Lukoki, who died suddenly on Monday at the age of 29. The Netherlands-Congo winger was allegedly attacked at a house party in Almere over the weekend, according to the Parool newspaper. He went to the hospital on Sunday complaining of a headache and knee pain. Doctors reportedly decided to amputate his already badly infected leg, but he fell into a coma after the operation and went into cardiac arrest at 6am on Monday.
Police in the Midden-Nederland area said they were investigating an “incident” in Flevoland in connection with Lukoki’s death. They also confirmed that they had received a formal crime report, which is required to launch an investigation. The player also suffered from hypoxia, which may be related to the use of nitrous oxide or nitrous oxide, Het Parool said.
Police said many details remained unclear, including the location of the party and the location of the alleged attack, stressing that the player’s cause of death had not yet been determined. Ajax academy agent Menno Groenveld told The Telegraph the family was “shocked and deeply saddened” by his death. A product of the Ajax youth academy, Lukocchi made 35 appearances for the first team before being loaned out to Camber Leeuwarden in the 2013/14 season.
This was the beginning of his nomadic career, he went to PEC Zwolle, Bulgarian club Ludogorets and Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor. He returned to the Netherlands with FC Twente in 2021 but never played for the club after suffering a serious knee injury in training a week after signing with Twente in July.
He was released from his contract in February after being found guilty of assaulting his partner, for which he received an 80-hour community sentence. Lukoki made 3 appearances for the Democratic Republic of Congo and 20 for the Netherlands youth team.