Derry City Captain Ryan McBride was found dead in his apartment yesterday after his club’s 4:0 victory over Drogheda United.
Derry City officials and supporters expressed shock on Sunday evening in reation to the news that the club’s captain, Ryan McBride, had died suddenly at home.
The 27 year-old had played twice for the club this week, in the wins against Dundalk and Drogheda United, but had been said to have felt unwell during and after the games.
His death came unexpected and fans of the club have gathered outside his home to pay tribute to their fearless Captain as they describe him.
McBride was a popular figure among fans who regarded him as the best choice for club captain and he didn’t disappont.
There were many tributes paid to him on social media with players from around the league as well as other clubs offering their condolences to his family and friends. Northern Ireland international Daniel Lafferty, a former teammate at Derry City, said he was “devastated” to hear the news and the club itself tweeted a portrait of the player with the simple caption: “Captain Fantastic”.
This is the second recent tragic event for Derry City as former striker Mark Farren has also passed away in February of last year, after a battle with cancer.
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