Walter Martinez, 37, has died of heart attack – nine years after representing Honduras at the 2010 World Cup.
The UK Sun report claims Martinez, who also represented American side San Jose Earthquakes his active days, suffered a heart attack after a night out with a mate.
The Honduran FA confirmed his passing on courtesy of a tweet on its official Twitter account.
“With sadness that overwhelms the family of Honduran football, we regret the death of Walter Julian Martinez.
“Solidarity and a balm of divine peace for your family and friends. RIP.”
At the last count, Martinez played a key-role in helping Honduras to qualify for their second World Cup appearance at South Africa 2010 , ended his football career after representing El Salvador side FAS.