Liverpool Football Player Steven Gerrard, 28, has died in hospital, his family have confirmed.
Mr Gerrard was due to undergo heart surgery in the coming days.
The Liverpool striker has been out of action since sustaining a cardiac arrest on December 15.
The news came hours after his girlfriend, Kylie, said she had been “saddened” by his death.
“My heart goes out to everyone at Liverpool FC and all the Liverpool fans, especially my brother Steven,” Kylie told the Liverpool Echo.
“It’s a real sad day for the club and our family.
I hope the club’s thoughts are with Steven’s family at this difficult time.”
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved friend, Steven Gerrard. “
As he is due to have a heart surgery, the club is unable to comment further at this time.”
Gerrard was born in Glasgow and spent a spell at Liverpool as a youth. “
We extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Steven and the entire Liverpool family.”
Gerrard was born in Glasgow and spent a spell at Liverpool as a youth.
He was a member of the first-team for five years, playing in the FA Cup semi-final and the League Cup final.
“We have been made aware of the tragic news of Steven’s death,” said a statement from the club.
“At this difficult and traumatic time, it is with immense sadness that we wish to express our deepest condolences to his family.”
Steven was a fantastic player and a true gentleman.
We will all miss him greatly.
We extend our best wishes to his loved ones at this terrible time.
“Garry White, the chairman of the Football Association, said: “We are devastated by this tragic news and are sending our sincere condolences to Steven’s wife, Kyly, and his family.””
Steven and Kylie had an extraordinary love of sport and he was the best ever at his craft,” he added.”
His talent and passion for the game made him one of the most popular figures in the club, and he will be greatly missed.
“Footballers have taken to social media in recent days to pay tribute to the star, calling him a “lovely, funny and talented young man”.”
Sad news has come to us today that our beloved Steven Gerrard has passed away in hospital after suffering a heart attack.
RIP,” tweeted Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.”
He will be missed by all.
A true legend,” wrote Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
Gerrards brother, Brendan, posted: “My heart is with the family at the loss of our hero Steven Gerrard.””
A true legend, he will always be remembered for his wonderful personality and the great football he played for Liverpool,” he said.”
A special man.
“Meanwhile, Manchester City star Yaya Toure posted a tribute on Instagram, writing: “Sad news about my brother @Steven_Gerrardo.
Thoughts with his family and close friends at this very difficult time.
A great talent.
Rest in peace.””
He is one of our stars, one of those rare players who you don’t want to lose.
Our hearts are broken,” added City’s Kolo Toure.