Jody Lukoki, a former Ajax and DR Congo winger, died suddenly at the age of 29.
According to the Sun, Lukoki was recovering from a significant cruciate ligament injury at the time of his death, but the cause has yet to be determined.
Lukoki has previously represented Ajax, SC Cambuur, PEC Zwolle, Ludogorets Razgrad, Yeni Malatyaspor, and Twente in senior soccer.
“This morning FC Twente received the awful news that Jody Lukoki has died away,” Twente tweeted on Monday.
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
“The club is shocked and deeply moved by this tragic event.
“FC Twente sympathizes with his loved ones and wishes them a lot of strength in processing this great loss.”
Lukoki joined Twente on a two-year contract last summer but never played for the Dutch club due to a serious knee injury sustained in pre-season training.
He left Twente in February when his contract was terminated. The club cited “events in his personal life” as the reason.
But Lukoki had been stepping up his recovery work in recent weeks in a bid to find a new club.
He had posted two photos to Instagram documenting his gym work and captioned one with the message: “Working on my comeback”.