LONDON (REUTERS) - Former Stoke City defender Dionatan Teixeira has died aged 25, the Premier League club announced.
The Brazilian joined the club in 2014 and made two first-team appearances before joining Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol.
"Dionatan was a hugely popular member of our squad and it's difficult to comprehend that he has passed away at such a young age," Stoke's chief executive Tony Scholes said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his young family and friends at such a difficult time."
Media reports claimed the player died from a suspected heart attack on Sunday (Nov 5).