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Carrick Rangers have confirmed the death of their defender Jerry Thompson at the age of 24.

The Irish football star is said to have passed away earlier this week but the cause of his death is unknown as at the point of this report.

According to a UK Mirror report, the late 24-year-old star was hugely popular in the Irish League scene and was enjoying an impressive campaign.

On Saturday, December 7, he was named man of the match after inspiring Carrick to victory over Institute and was in line to start against Glenavon on Tuesday night.

Carrick have since released a statement following the unfortunate incident, mourning Thompson as a "larger than life character" who will be "fondly remembered."

"Carrick Rangers Football Club is saddened by the very untimely sudden passing earlier today of our friend and player Gerard Thompson," the statement said.

"Gerard, or Jerry as he was more affectionately known, joined the Club earlier this season and became an instant hit with his teammates and our supporters.

"He was a larger than life character who brought fantastic energy and commitment to our club," the statement continued.

Thompson signed for Carrick on transfer deadline day back in August following a short stint with Championship side Ards.

The full-back initially grew through the ranks with Cliftonville at underage level before going on to have spells with Larne, Donegal Celtic, Portadown and Ards.

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