Former Sale Sharks rugby union player David Tait has been found dead in Hong Kong.
It's understood the 25 year old was found dead on Wednesday after falling from an apartment block.
A statement on the club's website 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 expressed their sadness at the news of David's death. "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," said Premiership Rugby Chief Executive, Mark McCafferty.
"Everyone at Premiership Rugby would like to offer their condolences and support to David's family and friends at this very difficult time."
The Tait family said: "The family is devastated and we would ask you to please respect our privacy."