A MAN has died following a stabbing at a Stourbridge nightclub in the early hours of today (Sunday, August 6).

Police were called to Chicago's on the High Street, shortly before 1am this morning, where the incident had taken place.

A 24-year-old man, who has been named locally as former Stourbridge FC youth team player Ryan Passey, was rushed to hospital with a chest wound but died shortly after.

A forensic post-mortem is due to take place later today. Part of the High Street remained cordoned off today as officers carried out investigations at the scene.

Halesowen News:

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating a stabbing that took place in the Chicago’s bar in Stourbridge just before 1am this morning (Sunday 6 August).

“A 24-year-old man was taken to hospital with a chest wound, which unfortunately proved to be fatal. A forensic post-mortem is due to take place later today.

“Investigations remain on-going and a police cordon remains in place this morning on the Rye Market in Stourbridge.”

Detective Chief Inspector Edward Foster said: “I am appealing for anyone with information, or who was present at Chicago’s on the night of Saturday 5 August to call me.”

A spokesman for Chicago's added: "We're devastated by the events of last night, when a customer tragically lost their life and would like to extend our sincere condolences to family and friends at this very sad time.

"We're cooperating fully with the Police investigation and would urge any witnesses to contact West Midlands Police."

Shocked friends have taken to social media to express their sadness over the stabbing.

Stourbridge FC tweeted: "We are shocked and extremely saddened to hear of the death of former Glassboys youth team player Ryan Passey at the age of 24.

"The thoughts of all at Stourbridge FC are with Ryan's family and friends."

Dudley College's Team Dudley posted a tribute on Facebook: “Everyone at Team Dudley is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former player Ryan Passey. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time. R.I.P.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 ext 963 3202, quoting log 149 of 6 August. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.