British-Nigerian footballer and former Arsenal youth player, Samuel Oji has died at the age of 35.
The League of Ireland footballer is said to have been battling ‘illness.’
The defender kicked off his career at the Gunners as a teenager in 2000, but failed to make the grade and joined Birmingham in 2004.
The cousin of English singer, Lemar – also turned out for Doncaster Rovers, Leyton Orient, Bristol Rovers, and Hereford United during his career.
In a statement, Highgate United revealed: “All it is with a very heavy heart that I am deeply saddened to inform you, that our beloved Captain, Leader and Legend Samuel Oji has sadly passed away.
“The thoughts of all at Highgate United FC are with Sam’s wife, children and family at this very sad time. RIP Oji.”
In another tweet, they wrote: “There has been various comments posted across social media throughout the day with regards the welfare of Samuel Oji.
“Sam is extremely ill but still fighting like the warrior that he is.”
Birmingham City tweeted: “The club is devastated to hear of the passing of former player Sam Oji, aged 35.
“The thoughts of everyone at #BCFC are with Sam’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”