Tragedy struck at English League Two side Morecambe FC after the death of 23-year-old defender Christian Mbulu.
Morecambe released a statement confirming the death of the former Millwall and Crewe Alexandria defender.
The statement reads: “Everyone at Morecambe FC is deeply saddened to learn of Christian’s death and would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this very sad time.
“He was only 23 and the news of his sudden and untimely passing has been a shock to us all. Christian came to the club in January and proved to be an extremely popular member of the squad.
“His loss will be painfully felt by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. The club would ask everyone to respect Christian’s family’s privacy at this sad time.”
Meanwhile, Scottish side Motherwell whom Christain represented in the 2018/2019 season has also sent their condolences.
Motherwell chairman Jim McMahon said: “We are shocked to hear of the news of Christian’s death.
“He was such a friendly, pleasant and dedicated young man who we loved having around Fir Park.
“Our thoughts are with his family during this incredibly difficult time. We hope their privacy is respected by everyone as they try to come to terms with their loss.”
Christian Mbulu was born in Newham, London on August 6, 1996.
He started his senior career at the age of 17 when he signed to non-League club Brentwood Town in the 2013–14 season. He had further spells at Millwall, loan stints at Canvey Island and Braintree Town. He also featured for Crewe Alexandria and Motherwell with Morecambe being his last club before his death. He played a total of 97 games scoring 3 goals in his career.