By Adenike Lucas
Football teams across the country have paid tribute to Derry City captain, Ryan McBride who died aged 27.
The centre-back who made his debut for the team in 2011, was found dead in bed at his Bogside home by his father a day after leading his team on a 4-0 victory against Drogheda United in Buncrana.
The cause of his death is still unknown.
The Derry City FC fans Twitter account tweeted: “Captain. Leader. Legend and absolute gentleman. #RIPRyanMcBride.”
In a statement posted on Facebook, the club said it was “deeply saddened by the untimely death of our captain, Ryan Mc Bride.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with his father, Lexie, his sisters Colleen, Siuinin and Caitlain, and his partner Mairead who are heartbroken at his loss. We are also conscious of his teammates and our management and support staff.”
The Irish FA tweeted: “Thoughts tonight with the family of Ryan McBride and everyone involved with @derrycityfc.”
Our deepest sympathies to all @derrycityfc on the sudden passing of Ryan McBride. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP – @CorkCityFC