Morecambe defender Christian Mbulu has died at the age of 23. The sad news was confirmed by the League Two club.
A Morecambe statement read: “Everyone at Morecambe FC is deeply saddened to learn of Christian’s death and would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this very sad time.
“He was only 23 and the news of his sudden and untimely passing has been a shock to us all. Christian came to the club in January and proved to be an extremely popular member of the squad.
“His loss will be painfully felt by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. The club would ask everyone to respect Christian’s family’s privacy at this sad time.”
The former Motherwell player began his professional career at Millwall and also represented Brentwood, Braintree and Crewe. London-born Mbulu moved to Morecambe in January, after a short spell at Crewe.
Mbulu spent one season with Motherwell after joining from Millwall in 2018, and made six league appearances during his time at Fir Park.
He made seven appearances for Crewe after signing a short-term deal in October and signed for fellow League Two side Morecambe in January until the end of the season, making three appearances.
Motherwell chairman Jim McMahon also expressed his shock at the sudden death of Mbulu.
Jim said: “We are shocked to hear of the news of Christian’s death.
“He was such a friendly, pleasant and dedicated young man who we loved having around Fir Park.
“Our thoughts are with his family during this incredibly difficult time. We hope their privacy is respected by everyone as they try to come to terms with their loss.”