The Irish soccer community has been plunged into sadness as news has emerged that Derry City captain Ryan McBride has been found dead in his home aged just 27.
The Derry native, who made his debut for the club back in 2011, had featured in all of the club’s matches so far this season and was set to take his place in Derry’s defence against Limerick on Monday night.
According to the Derry Journal however, McBride was found dead in his bed on Sunday evening, with a cause of death yet to be determined.
Following news of McBride’s sudden passing, tributes began pouring in from across the stunned football community.
We wish our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ryan McBride such awful news to hear, may he rest in peace @derrycityfc 🔴⚪️
— Finn Harps FC (@FinnHarpsFC) March 19, 2017
There are no words but one: Hero. pic.twitter.com/H7rm2H8d36
— Derry City LFC (@derrycitylfc) March 19, 2017
— Official Irish FA (@OfficialIrishFA) March 19, 2017
— Limerick FC (@LimerickFCie) March 19, 2017
One of the toughest centre backs I've ever played against and some great battles with him. RIP Ryan McBride.
— Seani Maguire (@Seani_Maguire_) March 19, 2017
Terribly sad news hearing Derry City footballer Ryan McBride has passed away. Thoughts are with Ryan's family and close friends. ☝🏻🙏
— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) March 19, 2017
— Galway United (@GalwayUnitedFC) March 19, 2017
— Dundalk FC (@DundalkFC) March 19, 2017
Sincere condolences to the friends and family of Ryan McBride, Derry City skipper who tragically died today. Terrible news, was only 27.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) March 19, 2017
McBride’s passing is the third tragedy to befall Derry City in recent times. 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’s rescheduled Premier Division tie with Limerick has now been called off following news of McBride’s sudden death and the club is now faced with having to come to terms with yet more heartache as one of their own is taken so young.
Rest In Peace.
Gary Brennan, Peace Arena