Former Stoke defender Dionatan Teixeira dies aged 25
Last Updated: 06/11/17 9:07am
Former Stoke defender Dionatan Teixeira has died aged 25 after suffering a suspected heart attack.
Teixeira joined Stoke in 2014 from Dukla Banska Bystrica after a trial period, during his three years with the club he made two Premier League appearances.
He spent three years at the Bet 365 stadium before departing to join Moldovan club Sheriff Tiraspol in 2017, he also appeared eight times for Fleetwood Town while on loan from the Potters.
After his arrival at Sheriff in February, Teixeira made 10 appearances for the club as he helped guide them to win the Moldovan National Division title.
A statement on the Stoke City 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."
While Teixeira's most recent club offered their "sincere condolences" to his family in a statement on their website.
The Sheriff statement read: "The whole team of FC Sheriff, from simple workers to the management of the club, is shocked by the tragic news. The pain of loss is great.
"We express our sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of Dionatan. He will remain forever in our hearts."