European soccer star Jody Lukoki has died suddenly at the age of 29, BBC Sport reported on Monday.
Lukoki, who hailed from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was a star in the Netherlands’ Eredivisie, considered one of the most competitive leagues in the European football scene.
The cause of his death is so far unknown.
Lukoki had began his career with Ajax, considered the dominant team in the Dutch league and a powerhouse in European competitions, as well.
He also played on the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Congolese football player won three league titles with Ajax between 2010 and 2014.
After that, Lukoki played with several other Dutch squads before playing abroad in both Bulgaria and Turkey. He returned to the Netherlands in 2021 for Dutch squad FC Twente, his final team. He suffered a major knee injury in the pre-season, however.
In February, the club terminated his contract due to what they called “events in his personal life.”
However, just last week, Lukoki posted on his Instagram page that he was working on coming back from an injury.
“The club is shocked and deeply moved by this tragic event,” FC Twente said on its website.
“FC Twente sympathizes with his loved ones and wishes them a lot of strength in processing this great loss.”
Vanmorgen heeft FC Twente het verschrikkelijke bericht ontvangen dat Jody Lukoki is overleden. De club is geschokt en diep geraakt door deze tragische gebeurtenis. FC Twente leeft mee met zijn naasten en wenst hen veel sterkte bij het verwerken van dit grote verlies.#fctwente pic.twitter.com/9O3PHapgsL
— FC Twente (@fctwente) May 9, 2022
Ajax also offered their condolences on social media.
Our former player Jody Lukoki has passed away at the age of 29.
Rest in Peace, Jody 🤍
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) May 9, 2022
“Our former player Jody Lukoki has passed away at the age of 29,” the statement read.
“Rest in Peace, Jody.”