Former Premier League goalkeeper Marton Fulop has died of cancer aged just 32, it has been confirmed. The Hungarian, capped 24 times for his country, played for a host of English clubs before his senior career was interrupted after undergoing treatment to remove a malignant tumour from his arm in 2013.
Fulop's first club, MTK Budapest, revealed the tragic news and several other of his former employers have since moved to offer their condolences. In a post released via their official Twitter account, Tottenham Hotspur wrote: "Everyone at the club is saddened to hear of the passing of our former goalkeeper Marton Fulop aged 32. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time."
"Everyone at @WBAFCofficial is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of former goalkeeper Marton Fulop. #RIP," read a message from West Bromwich Albion's social media team.
Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne added: "We are devastated to hear of Marton's passing. He was a genuinely lovely man, liked and respected by everyone at the club during his four years with us.
"It is desperately sad when we lose a member of our Sunderland family but to lose one so young and in such circumstances is simply heart-breaking. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club are with Marton's family and friends at this terribly sad time."
After beginning his career in Hungary, Fulop moved to English football following a successful trial at Tottenham in 2004 and had subsequent loan spells with Chesterfield, Coventry and Sunderland, before joining the Black Cats on a permanent basis in January 2007. He made a further 44 appearances in the north east and was sent out for more temporary stints at Leicester City, Stoke Ciity and Manchester City.
A move to Championship outfit Ipswich Town transpired in 2010 and he spent one year at Portman Road before joining West Brom on a free transfer. Fulop's final stint in club football proved to be for Greece's Asteras Tripoli, for whom he played during the 2012/13 season before being forced to take a hiatus from the game.