Manchester City have led the tributes to Ibrahim Toure, the younger brother of Kolo and Yaya Toure, who has died at the age of 28. His death was announced by the Ivorian Football Federation, who said in a statement that Ibrahim - himself a player with Al Safa in Lebanon, passed away hours after Côte d'Ivoire's 2-1 FIFA World Cup™ loss to Colombia on Thursday.
No official reason was given for the death, other than that it occurred in Manchester, where Yaya Toure plays his club football with City.
"The thoughts of everyone at Manchester City FC are with Yaya and Kolo Toure following the death of their younger brother Ibrahim," City's statement read. "Ibrahim was a regular visitor to Carrington and was a popular figure among the staff and players and was extremely close to his two older brothers. The Ivorian Football Federation announced that Ibrahim passed away on Thursday, 19 June in Manchester and the thoughts of everyone connected with City are with the Toure family at this most difficult time."
City captain Vincent Kompany also expressed his sympathy, tweeting: "My sincere condolences to the Toure family for the loss of Ibrahim. We are all saddened by this news. Keep strong."
"A tough day for the Toure brothers," it said. Just hours after the match Colombia v Cote d'Ivoire (2-1), Kolo and Yaya have learned of the death of their younger brother Toure Oyala Ibrahim. The entire Ivorian delegation to Brazil supports them in this painful circumstance. The president of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) and the Executive Committee are to inform the family of Ivorian football, the death of Ibrahim Toure occurred on Thursday June 19 in Manchester.
"In these painful circumstances, the players of the national team of Cote d'Ivoire as well as the entire Ivorian delegation present in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup are to demonstrate their compassion Toure brothers, members of the Elephants and the great Toure family."