Some of football’s biggest stars have paid tribute to former Football League striker and fashion designer Marvin Morgan, who has died aged 38.
Morgan played for 17 clubs during his football career but was most active at Aldershot Town and Shrewsbury Town between 2008 and 2013.
It was Morgan’s fashion brand, called ‘Fresh Ego Kid’, that saw him strike up relationships with several Premier League stars including Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and news of his death stunned the footballing world.
Lukaku, who described it as ‘sh!t news’, posted on his Instagram story: ‘This is some st news man… RIP my brother you will be missed.’
Villa winger Ashley Young wrote: ‘Sorry to hear the sad sad news this morning about Marv. I’m lost for words, to think we was just joking the other week. RIP BRO.’
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice added: ‘One of the most clean hearted, happy, loving person you could meet! Totally shocked, RIP @MarvinNMorgan’
Former Chelsea youngster Izzy Brown, now at Preston, added: ‘Rest in paradise @MarvinNMorgan praying for your family right now!’
Jermaine McGlashan was a young player finding his way in the game when he arrived at Aldershot and he saw Morgan as a mentor.
In his emotional tribute, McGlashan wrote: ‘This one hit me. Took me under your wing when I first signed for Aldershot, was a pleasure playing with you & sharing all them memories.
‘Remember sitting on the coach talking about starting a clothing line & discussing names. My bro rest up, you’ve left a legacy.’
Former Newport striker Aaron O’Connor added a statement of his own, adding: ‘RIP @MarvinNMorgan @FRESHEGOKID. This life is mad.’
Hendon, one of his former clubs, tweeted: ‘We are shocked to have learned this morning of the passing of Marvin Morgan at the age of just 38 years old.
‘Marvin joined us at the start of the 2018-19 season and had a big influence in his 7 appearances. Our thoughts are with his friends, family and loved ones today.’
Morgan, who was born in Manchester, began his footballing career with Wealdstone back in 2000.
While he eventually made it into the Football League with Aldershot, fashion became a major focus in the later years of his career and he became a huge hit with Premier League stars.
Arsenal pair Emile Smith Rowe and Ainsley Maitland-Niles as well as AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori are among the footballers to be have been seen wearing Morgan’s brand.