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Defoe recounts horrifying moment when he knew his brother had just 2 hours to live

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London, Sep 3 (ANI): England's star footballer Jermain Defoe has relived the horrifying moment when he learned that his half-brother was dying after a brutal street attack.

The Spurs striker was at the team's training ground when his mother broke the news that Jade Defoe, 26, was in intensive care.

Speaking for the first time about April's attack, he said: "The manager said, 'Your mum's in the car park'. I knew when I saw her face it was bad news. She basically said to me I think he's got two hours to live. So I had to get myself straight to the hospital and just be there for Jade."

Jermain, 26, was at Jade's bedside when the urban musician also known as DJ Esco Bars died of head injuries after the beating in Leytonstone, East London, The Sun reported.

He said: "It was crazy. All his family and friends were in intensive care. It was a harrowing time and I think it changed me as a person. I was really close to Jade and his death hit the family hard."

Jermain said he and Jade used to play football together when they were younger.

"It was difficult for us to see each other a lot because I was always travelling for my football. But we were very close as a family. It was so hard for us to accept him going at such a young age.

"When people die after a long illness it's easier because you have time to prepare. But when it's a phone call out of the blue it's difficult to come to terms with," he said. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, September 3, 2009, 12:14 [IST]
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