A Sebastopol Vikings player, who passed away earlier this week, has been described as a passionate soccer player with a heart of gold.
It is understood Simo Mitrovic, 24, was found dead in his bed after failing to wake up on Monday morning.
Club sources confirmed that a report into the cause of death is being prepared by the coroner.
The tragic news sent a shockwave through the Ballarat soccer community, with many taking to social media to voice their condolences.
Senior head coach of the Sebastopol Vikings Corey Smith said the club was devastated.
A fundraising page has also been set up for his family, which you can view here.
"It goes without saying," he said.
"The one thing that is the strength of the club is we have a tight-knit group who are best mates on and off the pitch.
"This has hit our club very hard because of that."
Mitrovic spent the last three seasons with the Vikings playing in the Football Victoria men's state league three competition. He also played in Ballarat City's academy program and spent time with the Forest Rangers in the Ballarat District Soccer Association.
Known for his attacking style of play, Smith said he was passionate, feisty and skillful with the ball.
"He just loved playing. That was his outlet, to go out and express himself on the weekend," he said.
After joining the Vikings via state league one team Westgate, Mitrovic made an immediate impact in his first season, scoring the winning goal to lead the club to a victory over Strathmore.
Smith said people around the club still spoke about it.
"He was unstoppable in that game," he said.
"He was our best player."
Smith confirmed the club had reached out to the senior players to ensure they are supported. He said Mitrovic won't be forgotten.
"He was a guy that would do anything for his friends," he said.
"He was somebody that would have been there for any of us if we ever needed him."
Mitrovic's mother Anita sent her thanks to the community for the outpouring of support during this difficult time.
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