FORMER Pars player Neale Cooper has died, it has been confirmed this evening.

The 54-year-old passed away at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after being found injured in a stairwell within a block of flats in the city at the weekend.

Another of his former clubs, Aberdeen, confirmed the news on Twitter and stated they were "deeply shocked and saddened".

 Athletic also paid tribute on social media, and said their thoughts were with his family and friends. 

As a player, Cooper made his name with the Dons, with whom he won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1983.

After spells with Aston Villa, Rangers and Reading, he joined the Pars in 1991.

He went on to play 101 times for the club, and was part of Bert Paton's First Division championship winning squad five years later before leaving to manage Ross County.

Police Scotland said that while there are no suspicious circumstances, their enquiries are ongoing.