A popular tennis player has left many people shocked after he slumped and died while playing at the stadium.

Timothy Abiara, 45 was playing against another player on Thursday at the table tennis hall of the Kwara State Stadium Complex in Ilorin when the unfortunate incident happened

During the game, Abiara suddenly held onto his chest and started shouting but spectators thought he was simply reacting dramatically to a point he lost.

He was later taken to the State General Hospital when it became clear he was in a critical condition, sadly, he was confirmed dead.

Though from Ogbomosho in Oyo State, Abiara had represented Kwara State at both the 2011 and 2012 editions of the National Sports Festival in Port Harcourt and Lagos respectively.

Prior to becoming a professional tennis player, Abiara was a fashion designer.

He is survived by a wife and four children.