Nigerians have been thrown into mourning with the news of the death of former

The revered former football player and coach passed awayin the early hours of Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Benin City, Edo State.

According to a statement by the family spokesperson Emmanuel Ado,  Keshi has been in the country since the funeral of his wife, Kate who died in December 2015.

"With thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Fredrick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi,” Mr. Ado wrote.

“Our son, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years (Nkem ), Mrs. Kate Keshi, who passed on on the 9th December 2015.

“Since her death, Keshi has been in mourning. He came back to Nigeria to be with her. He had planned to fly back today Wednesday, before he suffered a cardiac arrest. He has found rest," concluded the statement.

Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter for the legend who won the African Nations Cup as a player and coach.