Former Derry City and Finn Harps player Mark Farren has sadly passed away this morning.
Farren, 33 was diagnosed with having a benign brain tumour in 2008 and was forced to retire from football.
However, in 2011 he returned after successful surgery to Derry City and in 2012 surpassed Liam Coyle to become Derry City’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Unfortunately, the cancer returned – and earlier in 2015 he was diagnosed with having a grade four brain tumour.
It a message, Derry City FC said: “It is with great sadness that we learn this morning of the passign of the clubs all-time top goal scorer Mark Farren.”
Derry GAA tweet: “Condolences to the Farren family and all associated with
@derrycityfc on the sad passing of Mark. RIP.”
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood post on Facebook: “Terrible news about Mark Farren. @derrycityfc fans have lost a hero. RIP.”
“A great footballer & gentleman. My thoughts with Terri-Louise & their families.”
A massive fundraising campaign was launched to help Mark undergo revolutionary treatment in Mexico.
Over 40,000 was raised and Farren had surgery in August last summer.
However, it was sadly announced this morning that Mark Farren had passed away earlier this morning.