Rio Ferdinand pays emotional tribute to Jlloyd Samuel after tragic death of 37-year-old footballer

Rio Ferdinand became overcome with emotion as he thanked the BAFTAs for his awardRio Ferdinand has remembered Jlloyd Samuel [BBC]

Rio Ferdinand has paid tribute to footballer Jlloyd Samuel following his tragic death.

The footballer, best remembered for spending nine years at Aston Villa, died in a car crash on Tuesday (May 15) morning after taking his children to school.

The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene in High Legh, Cheshire.

Rio shared this photo of him and the late star [Rio Ferdinand/Instagram]

A minute’s applause was held at Jlloyd’s former team Aston Villa’s play off against Middlesbrough, where supporters sang “there’s only one Jlloyd Samuel.”

Taking to Instagram, Rio shared an image of himself playing alongside Jlloyd.

Rio described Jlloyd as “humble” in the post, with “not a bad bone in his body” on the photo that has racked up over 70,000 likes.

Jlloyd Samuel deadThe star died yesterday morning [Getty]

Jlloyd Samuel tragically died in a car crashJlloyd Samuel tragically died in a car crash [Getty]

The heartwarming photo was captioned: “What a lovely humble guy Jlloyd was. Always smiling whenever I see him and not a bad bone in his body.”

The BT Sport pundit also offered his wishes to the star’s family.

“You will be missed by many. Condolences to you wife, 4 kids & family,” the post concluded.

Kate Wright and Rio Ferdinand held each other close on the red carpetRio Ferdinand and girlfriend Kate Wright made a recent appearance on the red carpet at the TV BAFTAs [Getty]

Kevin Davies, Jlloyd’s former Bolton teammate was amongst other football stars to pay tribute.

“I remember him being very smart, he was very dapper, always with a smile on his face and he just enjoyed life,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.

His former boss, David O’Leary, told BBC Radio 5: “He was a very happy-go-lucky, smiling boy. I just remember him from day one as a refreshing young lad who wanted to do well. It was a pleasure to be his manager for three years.”

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