Former Ajax and Democratic of Congo Jody Lukoki has passed away at the age of 29.

The footballer was recovering from a serious cruciate ligament injury at the time of his death, but a cause has not yet been revealed, according to The Sun UK.

Lukoki represented Ajax as a youngster, scoring five times for their first-team before leaving the Netherland giants.

Having represented Netherlands at Under-21 level, he later opted to play for DR Congo at senior international level, winning three caps for his country.

Sadly, Lukoki has now died, sources close to the player has confirmed, with tributes sure to pour in.

This also follows Lukoki having his contract at Twente FC dissolved earlier this year after he was convicted of assaulting girlfriend.

He received 80 hours of community service and a suspended three-year probationary period prior for the charges.