Derry City football legend Mark Farren dies
Derry City football legend Mark Farren has died.
The 33-year-old former player was one of the Brandywell club's shining stars and holds the all-time goal scoring record for the Candystripes.
Farren played for Derry from 2003-2012 and scored 114 goals in 209 appearances.
He later went on to play for Glenavon.
In 2008, the popular footballer was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour and in 2011 it was thought he had conquered the disease.
However the devastating illness returned sparking a massive fundraising drive to help him pay for vital treatment in Germany.
On Wednesday, Derry City announced his sad passing.
Tributes have have been paid to the Mark as news spread of his death.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Mark Farren. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. pic.twitter.com/of6CryNngW— OfficialNIFL (@OfficialNIFL) February 3, 2016
It is with great sadness that we learn this morning of the passing of the clubs all-time top goal scorer Mark Farren https://t.co/BxBpsow9mY— Derry City FC (@derrycityfc) February 3, 2016
Gutted to hear news of the death of my former teammate mark farren, great player, even better man, prayers are with his family, RIP buddy— James McClean (@JamesMcC14) February 3, 2016
It is with the greatness sadness that this morning we have learnt of the passing away of Mark Farren. pic.twitter.com/aEKmDbiLfs— Glenavon FC (@Glenavon_FC) February 3, 2016
Devastated at passing of @derrycityfc great Mark Farren. Inspired us all through his brilliance on the pitch and bravery off it. RIP.— Mark H Durkan (@MarkHDurkan) February 3, 2016
RIP to the League of Ireland legend and fighter Mark Farren. Our thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/wIby0FcFyq— Leagueofireland.ie (@LOIDOTIE) February 3, 2016
So sorry to hear of Mark Farren's passing at just 33. A fine goalscorer, a true gentleman and a brave battler. Life is deeply unfair.— Keith Bailie (@KeithJBailie) February 3, 2016