A FORMER Premiership rugby union player has died after falling from an apartment block.
In a brief statement, his family said they were "devastated".
A back-row forward, he spent five years with Sale in Greater Manchester, who signed him as a teenager.
Rugby Players' Association chief executive Damian Hopley said: "The rugby community will be shattered by the passing of such a gifted and popular young man who was respected by everyone he played alongside.
"He wasn't simply a talented rugby player, he was also extremely bright and successful in his life outside of rugby.
"We will do everything we can to help support David's family and the players who played alongside him. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers."
Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty said: "At this desperately sad time words can hardly do justice to the way everyone involved with Aviva Premiership Rugby will feel about David's passing.
"Everyone at Premiership Rugby would like to offer their condolences and support to David's family and friends at this very difficult time."
Shocked rugby stars and friends of Tait took to Twitter to pay tribute.
Wasps rugby player James Haskell tweeted: "Very shocked to wake up to the news of former Sale player David Taits death. Very sad news. Top player and man."
Northampton Saints player Ryan Lamb tweeted: "Terrible news about the death of David Tait. Top player and a top bloke, had some awesome times playing through the age groups with him.
"Thoughts go out to his family and to the sale lads in such a bad time. #RIP"
Danny Cipriani described it as "devastating news!" and tweeted: "Horrible news about David Tait, he was a legend of a bloke and very talented. Thoughts with his family sending my love."