A friend of footballer Mario Balotelli has been found stabbed to death in a London flat.
Police say the Nigerian identified as 29 year old Mayowa Ogunbayo, died from a suspected stab wound to the heart.
Detectives were called by paramedics to reports that a man had been knifed at around 2am last Friday morning. The victim was found by ambulance crews inside the flat he shared with his fiancée near Park Royal, Hanger Lane, west London.
Mayowa, also known as Johnny John, was pronounced dead at the scene nearly an hour later. In social media videos and pictures he is seen joking with former Manchester City, Liverpool and AC Milan striker Balotelli, currently with French top flight team Nice, as well as with ex Newcastle United and Inter Milan footballer Obafemi Martins.
The promoter is also pictured backstage at the Royal Albert Hall with Nigerian singer Wizkid as well as posing with flash sports cars and at swanky parties.
Police say his death is being treated as ‘unexplained’ and a post mortem carried out on Friday night was ‘inconclusive’.
The examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart, but police are understood to be investigating whether the wound was self-inflicted. A 21-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail until next month.
Friends posted tributes to the entrepreneur and businessman online.
Adegbami Abraham wrote:
‘It’s so sad that your life was untimely taken by death. May your soul rest in peace.’
Mhiz Kenny Olatunji said;
‘This is unbelievable when I hear that this my brother his no more. But God know everything it painful. RIP BRO MAYOWA OGUNBAYO may your soul rest in peace.’