Football player Marius Zaliukas has died at the age of 36.

The news of grief is told by the Swedish Aftonbladet and the British broadcaster BBC, among others.

Zaliukas, who played as a central defender, represented the Scottish Premier League team, the Edinburgh-based Hearts, in more than 150 matches between 2007 and 2013.

He also served as captain at Hearts.

After the Hearts, Zaliukas represented Leeds United, currently playing in the Premier League, as well as the Scottish Grand Club Rangers for short periods.

Zaliukas, who finished his career in 2016, played 25 matches in the Lithuanian national team.

He was also allowed to wear a captain's band on the national team.

- Shocking.

Condolences to his family.

He was a really, really nice guy.

I can’t say nice enough things about him.

He was a very good player, described to the BBC by Scottish Neil McCann, who played with Zaliukas in Hearts.

According to international sources, the cause of Zaliukas' death is unknown.

Zaliukas ’ex-clubs, such as the Rangers and Leeds, joined in on the Twitter.