Millwall star dead at 26: Matija Sarkic tragically passes away after falling ill as tributes pour in for the goalkeeper

  • The 26-year-old Millwall goalkeeper passed away after falling ill at an apartment
  • Matija Sarkic was on international duty with Montenegro at the time of his death
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Millwall goalkeeper Matija Sarkic has tragically passed away at the age of just 26-years-old after falling ill while on international duty with Montenegro.

The goalkeeper’s sudden passing has shocked the footballing world with tributes pouring in for the Millwall star who has previously played for a host of English clubs.

Sarkic was in the coastal Montegro town of Budva when he reportedly fell ill while with friends at an apartment on Saturday morning.

An ambulance was immediately called to the scene, but attempts to save his life failed as he died around 6.30am local time.

Grimsby-born Montenegro international, Sarkic, was recently in action just over a week ago when he played the entirety of an international friendly defeat against Belgium.

Millwall goalkeeper Matija Sarkic has tragically passed away at the age of just 26-years-old

Championship side Millwall have revealed the club are devastated upon hearing the news and have issued a short statement in response to Sarkic’s passing.

Posting on the club’s official website, Millwall said: ‘Millwall Football Club is completely devastated to announce that Matija Sarkic has passed away at the age of 26.  

‘Sarkic, The Lions’ number one goalkeeper, made 33 appearances for the club since joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2023.

‘A Montenegro international, Matija proudly represented his country on numerous occasions.

‘Everyone at the club sends their love and condolences to Matija’s family and friends at this immensely sad time.

‘The club will make no further comment at this time and asks that the privacy of Matija’s family is respected,’ the statement concluded.

More to follow.