Ryan McBride of Derry City dies at the age of 27
Last Updated: 20/03/17 4:53pm
Tributes are being paid to Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who has died suddenly at the age of 27.
Local reports state the defender was found dead at his home close to the Candystripes' stadium on Sunday.
The cause of death is not yet known.
The Irish FA tweeted their condolences on Sunday night from their @OfficialIrishFA account, writing: "Thoughts tonight with the family of Ryan McBride and everyone involved with @derrycityfc"
And PFA Ireland said: "We are shocked to hear this evening the passing of our member Derry City captain Ryan McBride. Our thoughts are with his family."
Derry are currently second in the League of Ireland Premier Division table with four wins from four matches with McBride having led his side to a 4-0 win on Saturday against Drogheda.
Drogheda United said on Twitter that they "would like to offer our deepest condolences to @derrycityfc on the sudden passing of their captain Ryan McBride".
McBride made his debut for his home town club in 2011 and was a firm fans' favourite thanks in part to his committed style of defending.
He played more than 100 league matches for Derry.
The club's SSE Airtricity Premier League game against Limerick on Tuesday has been postponed.
Shane Ross, the Republic's Sports Minister, said: "I send my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ryan at this difficult time. His passing at such a young age is a tragedy and shocking for everyone at Derry City FC."
A special tribute to McBride will be made at the Republic of Ireland's World Cup Qualifier against Wales in Dublin on Friday.
John Delaney, chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland, said: "I would like to pass on my deepest condolences to Ryan's family, friends, and his club, Derry City FC, for which he was their leader, their captain and their inspiration.
"On behalf of the FAI Board and everyone in the Association, I would like to offer our sympathies to all who were blessed to have known Ryan.
"Ryan's passing has left a deep shock throughout football."