Sussex cricketer Matthew Hobden has died at the age of 22.
Sussex Cricket announced his death in a statement issued on Saturday night without giving a cause of death.
"Matthew was an exciting young cricketer with a big future ahead of him in the game. He was a fantastic individual who had progressed through Sussex's Youth and Academy ranks, having been born locally in Eastbourne," the statement said.
"Sussex would like to offer their deepest condolences to Matthew's family and friends at this difficult time. Players and staff will be offered as much support as is possible and we would like both Matthew's family, and everyone connected with Sussex Cricket, to be respected with privacy at this time."
In a statement the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), said it was "shocked and saddened" to learn of Hobden's death.
Kevin Shine, the ECB's lead fast bowling coach, said: "Matt was a young cricketer with huge potential, and he is going to be missed so badly by all the guys. He made you smile every time you saw him, because he was so excited to be there and wanted to be the best he could."
He added: "As a player, I remember the first time I saw him just thinking 'wow'. He was the strongest, most powerful cricketer I've ever seen on that programme – up there with elite athletes from different sports. His potential was huge, he was improving rapidly and I'm certain that he would have played for England.
"But for all that, my over-riding memory of Matt will be of his character, he was a wonderful lad. It's devastating for all who knew him to have lost him so young."
Matthew Champion is a weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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