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Tributes paid after 25-year-old football player dies

R.I.P: Dionatan Teixeira

FORMER STOKE City defender Dionatan Teixeira has died at the age of 25 from a suspected heart attack.

The Brazilian player joined Stoke in 2014 having had trials at a number of Premier League clubs including Manchester City.

But his time in England was blighted by injury and he made only two substitute appearances for Stoke in three years at the club.

In a statement released following his death, the club said: "The thoughts of all at Stoke City are with his family and friends."

Players including Jack Butland, Michee Efete and Steve Sidwell also shared their condolences.

Teixeira was in his native Brazil when he was taken ill and he died on Sunday (Nov 5) after a suspected heart attack, according to his current club FC Sheriff, a Moldovan side who are playing in the Europa League this season.

The club added: "He will remain forever in our hearts."

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