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A group of Wigan Athletic fans have organised a special tribute night in memory of tragic former player Steve Gohouri.

Raising money for the Mind charity, the night will consist of a number of guests talking about the 34-year-old and also mental health.

Gohouri, who played for the Latics between 2010 and 2012, was found dead on the shores of the River Rhine in Krefeld, to the north-west of Dusseldorf, on December 31.

This was three weeks after he went missing following a Christmas party at his then fourth division German side TSV Steinbach.

On May 26, The Raising Awareness Fund-raising Group – the supporters behind last year’s fund-raiser for cancer-stricken Latics player Juan Carlos Garcia – are hosting a Latics Legends night in tribute of Gohouri at the DW Stadium starting at 7.30pm.

All proceeds will be going towards the Mind charity which specialises in helping people who previously have suffered with mental health illnesses get their lives back on track.

One of the supporters behind the night, Jay Whittle, said: “Mental health illnesses are very common sadly nowadays, especially in young people therefore it’s something we are passionate in fund-raising for.

“On the night, the events will consist of a question and answer session of Steve’s former associates, team mates, managers, staff and also added to this, multiple guest speakers will be in attendance to recall their experiences in sport.

“We are delighted to annouce that Jason Jarrett and Nicky Eaden are the first two former players set to be in attendance of our event.

“Former Wigan, Saints and England rugby player Bobbie Goulding will also be a guest speaker discussing his experiences with mental health.

“Steve Gohouri’s brother will be flying over from the Ivory Coast to represent his family and support the event.

More guests will be confirmed nearer the 
date.

“The evening is set to be a brilliant night, I really hope fans can come out in numbers to raise money for an amazing cause.”

Tickets, priced at £7.50, will include a pie and peas supper and can be obtained by calling 07810 795259, or emailing trafg2015@gmail.com.