French defender Thomas Rodriguez meets a sudden death aged 18

Thomas Rodriguez died while sleeping. The cause of his death can be cardiac collapse.

The ill-fated player Thomas Rodriguez

It came as a shock to the world football when 18-year-old defender Thomas Rodriguez suddenly died on the night of Thursday 8 to Friday, March 9, 2018.

Rodriguez joined in 2016 and progressed through the Tours youth academy before playing for the reserves.

Ligue 2 club Tours have announced his death. They said: “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. 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 through 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."

All the matches in the Italian league last weekend have been scheduled for another day.

 In the morning of March 8, Davide's funeral took place with the great condolence of many football stars. 

The real cause of his death has not been determined yet. Some sources claim that Thomas might suffer a cardiovascular collapse, just like what happened to Davide Astori. A judicial inquiry has been opened. An autopsy will be conducted early next week to determine the exact cause of death.

Thousands of fans also lined the streets of Florence for the defender's funeral Thursday.

Thomas Rodriguez passed away just five days after Fiorentina captain Davide Astori was found dead in his hotel room ahead of the Viola’s Serie A clash with Udinese last Sunday.

In January 2009, 23-year-old Clement Pinault, a defender with Clermont in Ligue 2, died in hospital four days after suffering a heart attack at home.

By: Christina Baker

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