Gerhard Rodax dead at 57: Tributes paid to former Austrian international after being hit by train | The Sun

TRIBUTES have been paid to ex-Austria international Gerhard Rodax following his tragic death.

The 57-year-old was reportedly hit by a train in Traiskirchen and died on Thursday.

Rodax, who played for FC Admira Wacker Modling, Atletico Madrid, where he won the Copa del Rey, and Rapid Wien, won 20 caps for Austria.

The former striker played at the 1990 World Cup and scored against the USA.

But he retired at the age of 28, although he did make a brief comeback two years later.

He hung up his boots for the second time in 1996.

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Rodax was married and leaves behind two daughters.

Prior to his passing, he had been suffering with illness.

In a statement, Rapid Wien said: "Very sad news reached us today.

"Our former player Gerhard Rodax died in a tragic accident at the age of 57 after a serious illness.

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"Our sincere condolences go to his bereaved family."

The Austrian Football Association said: "The OFB family mourns the loss of his former striker Gerhard Rodax.

"The Austrian died at the age of 57. The OFB will always remember him gratefully."

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