The Yeovil Town captain Lee Collins died at the age of 32, the Vanarama National League club announced on Thursday.
Rest in peace, Lee Collins.
— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) April 1, 2021
“All at Yeovil Town Football Club are mourning the loss of club captain Lee Collins,” the club said in a statement. “Lee sadly passed away yesterday and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
“We ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy at this time. The club will make no further comment at this time.”
Former Wolves player Karl Henry paid a heartfelt tribute to Collins on social media.
Henry tweeted: “Such sad news. I remember Lee as a young player at Wolves. He was a good lad with a great attitude.”
Such sad news. I remember Lee as a young player at Wolves. He was a good lad with a great attitude.
Sending my condolences to his close friends and family.
Rest in peace mate. https://t.co/XJGzOo7xbV
— Karl Henry (@karlhenry08) April 1, 2021
Also, Brentford striker Ivan Toney, who played with him at Northampton, said: “Such sad news. A former team-mate always helped me as a young boy coming through. Thoughts go out to his friends and family at such a difficult period.”
Tom Pope, who played alongside him for the Valiants, told the club website: “Lee was a tough, fit, excellent footballer. The enforcer for us, really. The organizer.”
“He was the heartbeat of our dressing room. I am absolutely devastated and my heart goes out to Lee’s family, friends and team-mates at this time,” Pope added.
The defender began his career with Wolves and had extended spells with Port Vale, Northampton, Mansfield and Forest Green before joining Yeovil in 2019.
He played 38 times in all for Yeovil, including eight times this season and 163 times for Port Vale .