Tombides, a highly-rated Australian striker, was initially diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011 but recovered after treatment and made his first-team debut last season.
But the disease returned and the popular youngster passed away on Friday, surrounded by his family.
Before the home match with Crystal Palace, floral tributes were displayed by fans and the club:
West Ham fans arriving at Upton Park leaving their tributes to Dylan Tombides pic.twitter.com/SfCvE2heWj
— Ian Abrahams (@BroadcastMoose) April 19, 2014
Some of the biggest names in football and showbusiness also praised Tombides, including Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson, who campaigned for cancer research alongside the player, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, and Australia legend Tim Cahill.
Gone too soon Dylan Tombides . It was a pleasure to have met you. My thoughts are with your family. pic.twitter.com/Wly8TeVHYR
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 18, 2014
— Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) April 18, 2014
Dylan’s father Jim and brother Taylor – who is also a youth-team player at West Ham – laid his shirt on the turf before the match:
There was a minute’s applause before kick-off, with an image of Tombides holding his arms in a ‘hammer’ sign placed across the big screen at Upton Park.
DYLAN TOMBIDES: Jim and Taylor Tombides lay Dylan's No38 shirt on the centre spot during the minute's applause pic.twitter.com/ZKgKlfBCLA
— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) April 19, 2014
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