Spanish side Sevilla FC confirmed today that ex-Arsenal striker Jose Antonio Reyes has been killed in a car crash.
Details of the accident are still unclear but his former club took to Twitter to announce the news.
“We couldn’t be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace.”
Reyes, 35, was currently playing for Spanish second division side Extremadura.
He played a huge part in Arsenals dominant 2004 Premiership campaign, but has also make his mark with Spanish sides Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Benfica and has earned 21 caps for the national side.
Tributes have been pouring in from all over the world, including his former clubs, managers and teammates.
Former manager Arsene Wenger wrote: “I am devastated to hear the terrible news about Jose. To his family and friends, all support from everyone in the Arsenal family. He will remain forever in our hearts.”
His former club Arsenal FC also shared their condolences, saying: “Everyone at Arsenal is devastated by the shocking news that our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision in Spain. Jose Antonio Reyes: 1983-2019. Rest in peace, Jose.”
UEFA’s Twitter account posted: “Everyone at UEFA is shocked & hugely saddened to learn that José Antonio Reyes has died aged 35. A Spanish international with 5 Europa League titles, Reyes will be sorely missed by the football world. Our thoughts are with his family & friends at this terrible time.”