Former Sligo Rovers striker Carlos Alvarez dies aged 31
Former Sligo Rovers striker Carlos Alvarez has died following a battle with a serious illness in recent years at the age of 31.
Alvarez joined the Bit O' Red in 2005 and helped the Connacht side to the First Division title that season.
He departed the club and later lived in the south-east of the country before eventually moving home to Santa Cruz in his native Bolivia.
He passed away this morning in the Bolivian capital.
He is survived by his wife Claudia, son Abele, daughter Kiara from a previous relationship in Ireland and his mother Magaly.
Sligo Rovers will mark his passing at the first game after the mid-season break against Longford Town and Carlos' family in Ireland will be invited to attend.
Raffaele Cretaro, team-mate of Carlos from the 2005 season, said: "It is such sad news. Carlow was a great lad and a popular figure when he was with us in The Showgrounds. On behalf of the club, we send our sympathies to his family and friends today."
Sean Connor, manager of the 2005 team, said: "I got to know Carlos when I was coaching in America. I thought he would make an impact and offer something to the league and he did, he scored some vital goals for us. He was really well-liked. He was larger than life, charasmatic, a popular figure and today's news is incredibly sad."