The brother-in-law of Everton ace Gylfi Sigurdsson has died after accidentally shooting himself with a shotgun.

Maximilian Helgi Ivarsson, 11, fired the gun by mistake after taking it out of a gun closet, which was locked.

It is not known who the gun belonged to, but it is believed that Maximilian's father likes to hunt in the area of Gardabaer, near Reykjavik in Iceland.

The tragedy occurred on September 8.

Maximilian is the half-brother of Premier League star Sigurdsson's wife, Alexandra, 31.

Sigurdsson, also 31, did not take time away from the pitch following the incident and played in Everton's win over Tottenham five days later.

Sigurdsson has played three times since the tragesy

In an obituary, which was written in a local newspaper in Iceland, Alexandra described Maximilian as “our beautiful little brother with big kind eyes”.

The youngster has been described as “conscious, hardworking and bright” - and was said to have been able to speak three languages despite his tender age.

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The tribute read: “It breaks our hearts to write these words.

“The first word that comes to our minds is gratitude.

"Gratitude to have been able to be with you during this short time you were here and enjoy your wonderful presence.”