Former Captain and Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, is dead.
Keshi, according to available information, died in the wee hours of Wednesday.
Sources said his death was shocking as he spoke with several of his friends, including sports journalists and editors, from Benin City, Edo State, on Tuesday.
Keshi, 54, who lost his wife, Kate, last year, was said to be planning to return to his base in the United States of America on Wednesday (today).
His family confirmed the development in a statement.
The statement was signed by his relative and manager, Emmanuel Ado.
Titled: “Stephen Keshi CON has gone to be with his wife,” the statement reads in full: “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,” 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.
“We thank God for his life.
“We want to ask for understanding in this very difficult time for the family.”