Jermain Defoe has flown home from Spurs’ pre-season tour of the US after finding out about the death of his cousin Hannah Defoe, who died while on holiday in St Lucia.

The 21-year-old was on a three-week vacation on the Caribbean island to celebrate her birthday. She was electrocuted after she dived into a swimming pool at a hotel.

This is not the first tragedy Jermain has suffered this year, the talented striker lost his dad days before the Euro 2012 games were due to begin in June and in 2009 was left devastated after his 26-year-old half-brother Jade was murdered following an attack in east London. His grandmother passed away at the funeral.

Defoe has returned to England to be with his family.