Tributes pour in as Derry footballer Ryan McBride has passed away

League of Ireland soccer was in shock on Monday over the sudden death of the captain of Derry City football club.

According to the Derry Journal the player was found dead in his bed earlier this evening. The cause of death is not known yet.

Derry City chairman Phil O'Doherty said the club were shocked by the news of the centre-back's death. McBride came from the Brandywell district of the city where the club's ground is based.

President Michael D Higgins led the flood of condolences coming in on Twitter.

He wasn't just our captain or leader.

Democratic Unionist leader and former Stormont first minister Arlene Foster tweeted: "My deepest condolences to the family and all @derrycityfc as they mourn the loss of the talented Ryan McBride". He was excellent to me during my short time at Derry and an absolute gentleman off the pitch to everyone.

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I saw Ryan in action for Derry City against Drogheda United recently, where he was outstanding as he so often was for his team. Last year striker Mark Farren succumbed to a brain tumour aged just 33, while Josh Daniels lost five members of his family in the Buncranna pier tragedy, also last year.

Derry City midfielder Josh Daniels also suffered a family tragedy a year ago when his mother, Ruth, his sister Jodie-Lee, his brother-in-law Sean McGrotty and nephews Mark and Evan drowned when their vehicle slid from a slipway at Buncrana pier into Lough Swilly in March 2016.

Ireland winger James McClean will be given special dispensation to leave the team's training base to attend the funeral this week.

He had been with Derry City since making his debut in 2011 and had gone on to make over 100 appearances for his hometown club.

The FAI will pay tribute to McBride at Friday night's World Cup qualifier against Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

FAI chief executive John Delaney said: 'Irish football is in mourning with the loss of a true great of the game, with the shocking news about Ryan McBride's passing.

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