Former Premier League football star, Jlloyd Samuel has died aged 37 in a horror crash which unfolded shortly after he had dropped his children off at school.
Emergency services rushed to the scene on a country lane in High Legh, Cheshire, after his Range Rover collided with a van.
In a statement issued on Wednesday via Cheshire Police, the father-of-four's family said: "Jlloyd was a loving son, father, husband and brother".
"The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital for treatment".
File image of Jlloyd Samuel.
Samuel, who also won two global caps for Trinidad and Tobago, was involved in a collision with a truck in High Legh, north-west England, after reportedly dropping off his children off at school.
Samuel was born in the city of San Fernando in the south-west of Trinidad but moved to England as a youngster. Condolences to Emma, his kids and the Samuel family.
Another former Villa player, Stan Collymore, added: "Devastating news about J Lloyd Samuel".
"He was extremely popular and well-loved by all who were fortunate to know him. Rest in peace Jay".
"The family at this time respectfully request to be left alone so they can have time to grieve and mourn his passing".
Bolton, Cardiff and Gillingham were among the many clubs to pay tribute to Samuel, while the official England Twitter account also expressed their sadness at the news.
Former Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel has died in a vehicle crash at the age of 37, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has confirmed.