November 6, 2017 / 6:11 AM / 17 days ago

Former Stoke defender Teixeira dies aged 25

(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.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru

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