Former Stoke City player Dionatan Teixeira has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of just 25.
Moldovan club Sheriff Tiraspol, the side defender joined from the Potters, confirmed the tragic news in a statement.
“A few hours ago, a good man and an excellent football player, former FC Sheriff player Dionatan Teixeira died,” The Mirror quotes the club as saying.
“The Brazilian defender was only 25 years old. The whole of the club is shocked by this tragic news. The pain of loss is great. We express our sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of Dionatan.”
Teixeira, who is Brazilian by birth but represented Slovakia at Under-21 level, was at Stoke between 2014 and 2017, making two Premier League appearances and spending time on loan at Fleetwood Town.
A statement on Stoke’s website read: “Stoke City extends sincere condolences to the family of former defender Dionatan Teixeira following his untimely passing at the age of 25.”
Chief executive Tony Scholes added: “Dionatan was a hugely popular member of our squad and it’s difficult to comprehend that he has passed away at such a young age.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his young family and friends at such a difficult time.”