Jody Lukoki, a DR Congo and Dutch side FC Twente Footballer, has passed away at age 29.
FC Twente announced his death in a statement on its official website.
According to the statement, “The club is shocked and deeply moved by this tragic event.”
The statement added that “FC Twente sympathizes with his loved ones and wishes them a lot of strength in processing this great loss.”
Jody Lukoki began his senior career at Dutch club Ajax. Lukoki scored five goals in 35 outings for Ajax.
He also played for PEC Zwolle, Bulgarian club Ludogorets and TTurkish sideYeni Malatyaspor.
He joined FC Twente on a two-year deal in June 2021 but suffered a serious knee injury during pre-season training.
Twente terminated his contract in February, because of what the club called “events in his personal life”.
Meanwhile, PEC Zwolle have mourned that late player, expressing their “dismay and sadness” following the death of Lukoki. Lukoki scored the club’s first ever goal in European competition.
Lukoki spent five seasons at Ludogorets, where he spent five years and made 158 appearances, scoring 30 goals.
After spending the 2020-21 campaign in Turkey he returned to the Netherlands with Twente.
During his early days, he represented the Netherlands at youth level but made his senior international debut for DR Congo in 2015.