Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba has paid tribute to his former team-mate Steve Gohouri.
Gohouri, 34, was found dead on the shores of the River Rhine in Krefeld to the north-west of Dusseldorf, on December 31, three weeks after he went missing following a Christmas party at his current fourth division German side TSV Steinbach.
German police confirmed his body had been found in the River Rhine in the western city of Krefeld.
I lost one of my soldiers, Côte d’Ivoire lost one of his most loyal son.
In a statement they also said there were ‘no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.’ “An autopsy showed no evidence of violence by third parties,” the statement said
Didier Drogba, who used to play with Gohouri at the National team, led the tributes to the Ivory Coast International.
“Didier Drogba posted his tribute on Instagram with the caption: “So sad about this news. I lost one of my soldiers, Côte d’Ivoire lost one of his most loyal son. My thoughts go to the family. R.I.P. Bro.”
So sad about this news😤😡😤😡😢😢😢😢 lost one of my soldier, Côte d'Ivoire lost one of his most loyal son. My thoughts goes to the family. R.I.P. Bro 💔 Je suis sans mots devant cette nouvelle 💔. L'équipe nationale de côté d'ivoire est en deuil, j'ai perdu un de mes plus fidèles soldats, mes condoléances à toute la famille, reposes en paix mon frère. 😡😤😡😤😤😡😤😪😪😪😪😪😪🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮
Gohouri made 42 appearances for Wigan between 2010 and 2012 and also won 12 caps for Ivory Coast.
Wigan Athletic tweeted: “We are saddened to hear reports of our former defender Steve Gohouri passing away. Our thoughts are with his family.”
We are saddened to hear reports of our former defender Steve Gohouri passing away. Our thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/aPeoseAk8g— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) January 2, 2016
Gohouri moved from Ivory Coast to France as a five-year-old, where he was raised in the suburbs of Paris.
He began his football career in France but played for clubs in Israel, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Greece and Germany.
He signed for then Premier League team Wigan from Bundesliga stalwarts Borussia Monchengladbach in January 2010.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Steve Gohouri. Very sad news that he is no longer with us. RIP 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/l6V5hOLvO1— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) January 3, 2016