Former Japan international forward Masato Kudo, who also played for Kashiwa Reysol, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Brisbane Roar, passed away at the age of 32 after undergoing brain surgery, according to his club Tegevajaro Miyazaki.
According to the Kyodo news agency, Kudo was admitted to the hospital on October 3 after developing symptoms the previous day and receiving a diagnosis of hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid in the brain’s ventricles. In his death on Friday.
Kudo played an important role in Kashiwa Reysol’s run to the Asian Champions League semifinals in 2013, scoring six goals in 12 games.
In 2013, he appeared in four matches for the national team, scoring two goals.
“He made a significant impact in the first division,” third division side Tegevajaro Miyazaki, who Kudo had joined from Roar this year, said in a statement;
Kudo, who also represented Sanfrecce Hiroshima, scored 60 goals in Japan’s first division during his career.