The Ivorian Football Federation have announced that Ibrahim Toure has passed away at the age of 28.
Toure was signed to Lebanese side, Al-Safa SC, but is most notably known as the brother of Premier League pair, Yaya toure and Kolo Toure.
The two brothers are currently in Brazil playing in the World Cup for the Ivory Coast, and were informed of their brother’s death just hours after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Colombia, leaving them in second place in group C.
The statement on the Ivorian Football Federation’s official website states: “The entire Ivorian delegation to Brazil supports them in this painful circumstance.”
The cause of death has not been confirmed, but it is known that the Al-safa striker was in Manchester on Thursday, when he passed away. It is thought that he may have been battling cancer.
Ivory Coast face Greece in their final game of the group stages on Tuesday, and could secure their qualification to the last-16 with as little as a draw, should Japan fail to beat Colombia.
Yaya Toure - who has performed brilliantly at Manchester City this season, scoring 20 goals and adding nine assists – wore the captain’s armband on Thursday, after Didier Drogba was placed on the bench, while Kolo Toure remained an unused substitute throughout the game.
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