On Monday, the Slovakian Football Federation (SFZ) reported former international Marek Spilar had committed suicide in the eastern city of Presov (AFP).
Another tragic reminder of the increasing number of suicides in the football family. RIP Marek Spilar.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) September 9, 2013
Spilar, a defender who represented seven clubs, including FC Kosice and Club Brugge, jumped out of a fifth-floor window for “reasons that remain unclear,” the report said.
In its statement, the SFZ remarked it had “learned with pain and sadness the news of the premature death of the Slovak international.”
He was 38.
Between 1997 and 2002, Spilar earned 30 caps for Slovakia, and in 2007 he completed his professional career at Japanese outfit Nagoya Grampus.
In 2005, he was part of the Club Brugge side that won the Belgian title—the team’s most recent championship.