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Mansfield Town announce death of teenage forward Ryan Evans

Mansfield Town reveal that forward Ryan Evans has passed away at the age of 18.

Mansfield Town have revealed that forward Ryan Evans has passed away at the age of 18.

Evans recently accepted a spot in the Mansfield Under-21 squad for the 2018-19 campaign, but the club announced his sudden death on Friday.

"Mansfield Town football club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of 18-year-old striker Ryan Evans. Ryan, who was the captain of our Under-18 performance group, died recently at home," read a statement on the club's website.

Academy coach Jamie McGuire added: "We are all desperately sorry to learn of this news and our thoughts and prayers are sent to Ryan's family at this sad time.

"As a player, Ryan was a fantastic leader, always willing to learn and had a never-ending enthusiasm to do the best he could. It was for these reasons, amongst others, that I made him my captain last season. We'll remember him as a smiling young man, with a great energy and charm."

Tributes have been flooding in on social media following the tragic announcement.

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