Chris Barker has passed away at the age of 39 and the cause of his death is yet to be confirmed.
The former Cardiff City defender made over 500 appearances at professional level since joining Barnsley in 1999.
The center-back also played QPR, Plymouth, Southend and Aldershot during a career that spanned almost 20 years.
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His agency confirmed his death: "It is with great sadness that we learn of the untimely and tragic passing at the age of 39 of Chris Barker. Chris was a client throughout his outstanding playing career of over 500 League games for clubs including Barnsley, Cardiff City, Queens Park Rangers and Plymouth Argyle.
"Moreover, Chris was a wonderful person, an absolute gentleman and a pleasure to work for. RIP Chris Barker"
He won Barnsley's young player of the year in his first full season before joining Cardiff for £500,000 in 2002, helping them gain promotion into the Championship in his debut season.
Barker had brief loans spells Stoke and Colchester before joining QPR on a free transfer in 2007 and after a year he switched to Plymouth then Southend.
Barker was voted Southend's player of the year at the end of his first season and was appointed captain ahead of the 2011-12 campaign helping them reach the League Two play-offs.
He was player-manager at Aldershot, Hereford, and Weston-super-Mare before he finally hung up his boots.
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