Tributes flood in for Derry City captain Ryan McBride

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At the age of just 27, McBride passed away on Sunday afternoon, 24 hours after helping his side to a 4-0 win over Drogheda United.

The cause of his death is unknown.

- Stephen Rice (@Stephenrice_6)Sincere condolences to the friends and family of Ryan McBride, Derry City skipper who tragically died today.

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore was also moved by the news, sending his "sincere condolences" to the family and friends of the player.

He said: "This news is so hard to take in", he said.

I saw Ryan in action for Derry City against Drogheda United recently, where he was outstanding as he so often was for his team.

- Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) March 20, 2017The flags at FAI Headquarters flying at half mast as a mark of respect to Ryan McBride. Previous year their striker Mark Farren died of a brain tumour at the age of 33. In all, he made more than 100 appearances for Derry City.

McBride lives close to City's Brandywell Stadium with crowds gathering at his home last night to pay tribute to their captain.

- Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore)One of the toughest centre backs I've ever played against and some great battles with him. Thoughts with his family and friends and everyone at Derry City.

Derry's record goalscorer had been receiving treatment for an aggressive brain tumour.

A year ago, Derry player Josh Daniels lost his mother, sister, brother-in-law and nephews in the Buncrana pier tragedy.

Former Irish worldwide and TV pundit Richie Sadlier said: "Desperately sad news about Ryan McBride".

Dundalk added: "All at Dundalk send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Ryan McBride and our friends at Derry City".

The five died after their auto slide off the pier and entered the water.

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