Former Barça Player Charles Thomas, Presumed Dead, Turns Up Alive After 40 Years

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Charles Thomas, The Former Barça Player Who Was Presumed Dead, Turns Up Alive After 40 Years
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FORMER Barça Basketball Player Charles Thomas, Presumed Dead, Turns Up Alive After 40 Years

An incredible story has appeared, involving Charles Thomas, the former Barça basketball player, a 6ft 9 inches tall centre who was one of the very first American players to grace the Spanish basketball league, and amazed the fans with his dunks, has ‘come back to life’ after disappearing 40 years ago, during which time it had been taken for granted that he had died a long time ago.

It has been revealed, by a former teammate at the Barça club, Norman Carmichael, that the now 74-year-old, who also played for Manresa, is alive and living in a nursing home in Amarillo, Texas, and has contacted him via a video call after all these years.

The American played for Barça between 1970 and 1975 and, after his retirement, and separating from his wife, apparently fell into a life of drugs and bad living. Very little was really known about him, or his whereabouts, but many rumours spread that he had met a violent end and died.

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Carmichael said he really thought somebody was playing a joke on him when he heard that Thomas wanted to speak to him after 40 years, saying, “I was speechless the moment I saw his face on the video call. I recognized him by his smile and his way of speaking. He spoke to me very calmly, and at no point did he try to convince me that it was him. He just wanted to talk to me”, as reported by 20minutos.es.

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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sang and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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