Samuel Oji, a British- Nigerian Footballer is reportedly dead.
The former Arsenal youth player and League of Ireland footballer died at the age of 35 and had been battling with an illness.
He kicked off his career at the Gunners as a teenager in 2000, but failed to make the grade and joined Birmingham in 2004.
The defender, the cousin of English singer, Lemar – also turned out for Doncaster Rovers, Leyton Orient, Bristol Rovers, and Hereford United during his career.
Oji was most recently working as assistant manager at non-league outfit Highgate United which play in the Midland League Premier Division – the ninth tier of English football.
Highgate United in a statement said;
“All it is with a very heavy heart that I am deeply saddened to inform you, that our beloved Captain, Leader and Legend Samuel Oji has sadly passed away.
“The thoughts of all at Highgate United FC are with Sam’s wife, children and family at this very sad time. RIP Oji.”
“There has been various comments posted across social media throughout the day with regards to the welfare of Samuel Oji.
“Sam is extremely ill but still fighting like the warrior that he is.”