Papa Bouba Diop dies aged 42
Rest in peace, Papa Bouba Diop
Papa Bouba Diop has passed away at the age of 42 following a long illness.
The Senegalese midfielder is best remembered in the UK for his spell at Fulham, where he became known for scoring long range shots from midfield.
Diop also represented Portsmouth, West Ham and Birmingham City, where he finished his playing career in 2013.
Fulham tweeted: "We are devastated to hear the news reports this evening that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away, aged 42. Rest well, Wardrobe."
We are devastated to hear news reports this evening that Papa Bouba Diop has passed away, aged 42.
Rest well, Wardrobe 🖤 pic.twitter.com/rvU53Vqkmn
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) November 29, 2020
He was also part of Senegal's 2002 World Cup squad who beat holders France, scoring the first goal of the tournament against them.
His former club Lens paid tribute to Diop, tweeting: "It is with great sadness that Racing Club de Lens has just learned of the passing of its former player Papa Bouba Diop , at the age of 42.
"We offer our deepest condolences to his loved ones."
C'est avec une grande tristesse que le Racing Club de Lens vient d'apprendre la disparition de son ancien joueur Papa Bouba #Diop, à l'âge de 42 ans. Nous présentons nos plus sincères condoléances à ses proches. 🙏❤️💛 #LensoisPourToujours #rclens pic.twitter.com/bdUpN60y2R
— Racing Club de Lens (@RCLens) November 29, 2020
May he rest in peace.