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- Raheem Belgrave was swimming in the Paria River in Blanchisseuse when tragedy struck
- The 29-year-old is understood to have disappeared below the water before his friends retrieved him
- At the time, the shot-stopper was reportedly an "unresponsive state" before he was pronounced dead
English Non-League side, Wembley FC, have been plunged into mourning following the death of their goalkeeper, Raheem Belgrave.
Belgrave tragically died after he drowned in a river while on holiday in his native Trinidad and Tobago.
According to Trinidad Daily Express, the 29-year-old was swimming in the Paria River in Blanchisseuse on Sunday morning, January 16, when he disappeared below the water.
Belgrave is understood to have been part of a group of people who were hiking in the area before tragedy struck.
The Sun reports friends were eventually able to pull the Webley FC star out of the river but was in an "unresponsive state" before he was pronounced dead.
A postmortem has since been ordered to determine the cause of Belgrave's death.
Wembley FC broke the unfortunate news to the public, with the club penning an impassioned tribute to their former player.
“It is with terrible sadness that we bring news of Raheem ‘Birdie’ Belgrave’s death," Wembley said in a statement.
“We are shocked and saddened and send our condolences to his family and closest friends," the club added.
Belgrave joined Webley FC back in 2018 after previous stints with San Juan Jabloteh in his homeland.
He was part of the team that finished runners-up in the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championships in 2017.
Real Madrid legend passes on
Earlier, Sports Brief reported Spanish football was thrown in a state of mourning after authorities announced the passing on of Real Madrid legend Paco Gento at the age of 88 years.
Gento is a veteran of two FIFA World Cups and the only man in history to win six UEFA European Cups with Real Madrid.
He won 12 La Liga titles with Real Madrid during their period of dominance in the 1950s and 1960s and was the honorary president of Real Madrid until his death.