Former France international winger Christophe Dominici has passed away at the age of 48 on Tuesday.
Dominici has played 67 Tests for France between 1998 and 2007 and has scored 25 tries in it. He also represented them in 15 World Cup matches that includes 1999, 2003 and 2007 editions and decided to quit international rugby in 2008.
The news was confirmed by his former club Stade Francais.
"It is with immense sadness and heartbreak that Stade Francais Paris learn of the death of Christophe Dominici," read the statement.
"During the 11 years spent in our colours, Christophe, thanks to his incredible talent and his class, greatly contributed to writing the legend of the club.
"An international 65 times, his exploits in the blue jersey have dazzled thousands of young rugby players and allowed the French team to write some of the most beautiful pages in its history.
"A rugby genius and peerless companion, he leaves a great void in our big family. Our hearts go out to his family, his partner Loretta, his daughters Chiara and Mia."
His professional rugby debut came with La Valette in 1991 and two years later he was signed by Toulon before heading to Stade Francis in 1997 and enjoyed five French championships with them. Dominici also had brief coaching stints with Stade Francais during the 2008/09 season.
Meanwhile, France Rugby in their official twitter account paid tributes to Dominici and his contributions to the game.
"The great French rugby family is in mourning after the tragic death of our winger Christophe Dominici. We are thinking especially of his family and loved ones."