A body recovered from plane wreckage in the English Channel has been identified as footballer Emiliano Sala.
Shortly after Dorset Police confirmed identification on Thursday night, Cardiff City issued a statement saying: "We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano".
Dorset Police said they would continue to support the coroner's investigation into the circumstances of the crash.
The Argentine's body has now been formally identified after it was recovered from the underwater wreckage in the English Channel.
Following the discovery, the organisation revealed that it was no longer going to search for the pilot David Ibbotson.
Football personalities all around the world thus took to various social media outlets to send their condolences to the families, friends and clubs involved.
Having finally put pen to paper on his move to Cardiff, Sala was back at Nantes' Joneliere training base to collect his belongings and wave goodbye to his former teammates before departing for Wales again on what proved to be his doomed flight.
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I want to see my players fight until the end. "When the chance came to buy him, I said, "Take this guy, because for me he could have a good future".
It was a story typical of the January transfer window - a buying club tenaciously chasing mid-season reinforcements but facing stubbornness from a selling club determined not to be left in the lurch by the loss of one of their key players.
Guernsey harbourmaster Captain David Barker called their chances of survival "extremely remote", but a number of high-profile football figures and members of the public answered the family's calls to fund a private search operation.
The remains of the aircraft were tracked down by a team co-ordinated by ocean scientist David Mearns, who has located some of the most elusive wrecks in the world.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger wrote: "Heartbreaking to hear the news about Emiliano Sala".
The AAIB said efforts to recover the crashed plane as a whole proved unsuccessful, before being abandoned due to poor weather.
Meanwhile, there have been reports that Nantes have demanded the first installment of the payment for Sala from Cardiff, after the Welsh club were said to have withheld initial payment while the investigation was underway.
Sala was Cardiff's record signing but never played for the club.