TOKYO: The former Japan forward Masato Kudo has died aged 32 after brain surgery.
Kudo, who was playing for Japanese third-tier club Tegevajaro Miyazaki, was taken ill on October 2 and was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid in the ventricles in the brain.
Kudo previously played for Kashiwa Reysol, Vancouver Whitecaps, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Brisbane Roar.
A club statement said: “We are devastated that such a great player has passed away so early. He played for Japan and had a great track record but he stayed humble.
“He had a great attitude and was caring about his team-mates, the club and supporters.”
Kudo scored six goals in 12 games during Kashiwa Reysol’s run to the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League in 2013, and scored twice in four appearances for Japan that year.
Brisbane Roar team-mates Riku Danzaki and Charlie Austin pay tribute to the former Roar player during their game on Saturday.