Dinamo Bucharest midfielder Patrick Ekeng passed away at the age of 26 after collapsing on the pitch during Dinamo Bucharest's Romania Liga I game against Viitorul.
Ekeng came off the bench in the 62nd minute of the televised match, but fell to the ground seven minutes later - after a suspected heart attack - and was immediately rushed to the nearby Floreasca Emergency Hospital.
The Cameroon international received CPR for 90 minutes, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Cameroonian FA confirmed the news on Twitter, while Ekeng's former club Cordoba tweeted: “There are no words to express our sorrow at the death of Patrick Ekeng. We mourn your loss. We will never forget you friend. RIP.”
Ekeng started his professional career with Canon Yaounde and joined Le Mans in 2009 as he made the move to Europe.
He also wore the jerseys of Rodez, Lausanne Sport and Cordoba before signing for Dinamo at the start of 2016.
In October 2000 the then captain of Dinamo Bucharest, Catalin Hildan, collapsed and died during a friendly game. In 2003, Cameroon international midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe died after collapsing during a FIFA Confederations Cup match against Colombia in France.
Play in the match between Dinamo Bucharest and Viitorul resumed after Ekeng's collapse and the game ended 3-3.