Ryan McBride, 27, Derry City Captain, Dies Unexpectedly

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Ryan McBride Died at Home

Ryan McBride, 27, died unexpectedly at his home Sunday evening. He was found in his bedroom. His teammates reported he had not been feeling well. The cause of death is unknown. The captain of Derry City died 24 hours after his victory over Drogheda United which was the fourth league win this season. Last week he scored the win against Shamrock Rovers. McBride was considered as one of the most talented players in the league.

Ryan McBride Tributes Being Made

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Michael D Higgins, president of the Republic of Ireland said in his tribute, “Along with all those who support Irish football, I express my sadness and condolences to the family of Derry City captain Ryan McBride.” Derry fans wrote on their official Twitter page that McBride was “captain, leader, legend and absolute gentlemen.” John Delaney, the FAI’s chief executive said Irish football was “in mourning with the loss of a true giant of the game.”

McBride appeared in more than 100 league appearances for Derry. He played his first game with the team in 2011. He was part of the team who won the FAI Cup a year later.

The Derry club issued a statement on its Facebook page. It concluded: “In the coming days and weeks we will grieve the loss of our captain and our friend. Sometime in the future, when we have got past the initial shock and have had the proper space to grieve his loss, we will find a way to celebrate his life. We will remember his civility and humility off the field, his commitment and passion on it and the deep love he carried in his heart for Derry City Football club.

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