Macclesfield's Richard Butcher has died, aged 29.

The club have not disclosed the cause but the Northampton-born midfielder died at his home in Manchester on Monday night.

The news comes just 10 months after manager Keith Alexander passed away.

The League Two outfit posted a brief statement on their club website which read: "It is with great sadness that we have to announce the untimely death earlier of Richard Butcher.

"Richard passed away at his home in Manchester.

"He was an exemplary professional and a thoroughly likeable young man.

"Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this very difficult time."

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