Ligue 2 club Tours have announced that the young player was found dead in his room on Friday morning
French football club Tours have announced the death of 18-year-old defender Thomas Rodriguez.
The teenager was found dead on Friday morning, and the club has confirmed that their encounter with Valenciennes has been postponed.
A statement read: “It is with extreme pain that Tours FC informs you of the passing of the young Thomas Rodriguez, a resident of the Formation Center, who died on the night of Thursday 8 to Friday, March 9, 2018.
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“Tours FC is shattered by this tragedy, which plunges the Club into an immense sadness.”
They add: “The club extends its deepest condolences to the family, loved ones, all of Thomas’s team-mates and friends and gives them all their support in these difficult times.
“Rest in peace, Thomas.”
French football’s governing body have also expressed their condolences, issuing a statement, which reads: “The Professional Football League has learned with great emotion of the passing of Thomas Rodriguez, a young player from the Tours FC training centre.
“In this context, the LFP has decided to postpone the meeting Tours FC – Valenciennes FC scheduled this Friday, March 9, and to respect a minute of silence on the grounds of Ligue 1 Conforama and Domino’s Ligue 2 this weekend.
“At this moment of great sadness, the LFP extends its condolences to the family and loved ones of Thomas Rodriguez, as well as to all his team-mates and to the Club of Tours FC.”
Rodriguez’s death comes less than a week after the tragic passing of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, who was found dead in his hotel room prior to his side’s encounter with Udinese.