Ryan McBride is understood to have been found dead at his home on Sunday evening, the cause of death is not known. Just 24 hours earlier, Ryan, the 27 year old centre back, led the Candy Stripes to their fourth win this season against Drogheda United.
The Irish president Michael D Higgins was one of the first to pass condolences on to his family. He posted on Twitter: “Along with all those who support Irish football, I express my sadness and condolences to the family of @derrycityfc Captain Ryan McBride.”
Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said "There is widespread shock across the city and beyond following the sudden death of Derry City FC captain, Ryan McBride. Ryan was an excellent player, a great leader on and off the field and an inspiration to many.
“I send my condolences and those of the party to the McBride family and everyone who knew Ryan. I have no doubt the community across the city will rally round to support them at this sad and difficult time."
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan also expressed his sadness at Ryan’s death. Mr Durkan said: “All thoughts are with Ryan McBride’s family, his Derry City teammates, club officials and all his friends who have lost someone so special.
“There is deep shock and sadness at the loss of a young man who brought so much happiness to others through his skills and dedication. I extend my sincere condolences to Ryan’s family, colleagues and friends – and hope they can take some comfort from the breadth and depth of sympathy which has been so widely expressed following his very sad death.”