The Aston Villa family and the wider football world have paid emotional tributes to the former defender following his shock death today.
Samuel played for Villa, Gillingham, Cardiff City and Bolton Wanderers as well as England age group teams and the Trinidad and Tobago national team.
His death in a car accident in Cheshire has rocked football and his former clubs and team-mates are among those to pay their respects.
Here’s how the football world has reacted to Samuel’s tragic passing, aged 37.
Stan Collymore: Devastating news about J Lloyd Samuel. Was a fantastic young pro @AVFCOfficial and I know many at our club will be truly distraught today. I know our club will honour him tonight and remainder of the season. Rest in peace Jay.
Ashley Young: Absolutely gutted to hear the news of the passing of Jlloyd Samuel. Took me under his wing when I joined Villa and helped me settle.
Such a good guy on and off the pitch and a truly good friend. Condolences to Emma, his kids and the Samuel family. RIP J.
Aston Villa: We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former player Jlloyd Samuel at the age of just 37 in a car accident Our players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect tonight and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this very difficult time #AVFC
Cardiff City: We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former #CardiffCity defender, Jlloyd Samuel. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this incredibly difficult time.
David Dunn: Devastating news about J Lloyd Samuel Thoughts and prayers are with his family ! #TheGoodDieYoung #RIP
Jake Humphrey: How terribly sad to hear that Jlloyd Samuel has been killed in a car crash after dropping his children off at school. Those poor, poor children. Thoughts with them, his wife Emma, and all his family.
Gillingham: Everyone at Gillingham FC is deeply saddened to hear that former player Jlloyd Samuel has passed away at the age of 37. He made eight appearances for #Gills while on loan in 2001-02. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with his family & friends at this difficult time. RIP.
Manchester City: The thoughts of everyone at Manchester City are with the friends and family of Jlloyd Samuel following today’s tragic news.
Bolton Wanderers: Everybody associated with Bolton Wanderers Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former defender, Jlloyd Samuel.
Rest in peace, Jlloyd. Our deepest condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
EFL (English Football League): The #EFL is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jlloyd Samuel.
Our thoughts are with those closest to him at this sad time.
Frank Sinclair: Just walked through the door to the devastating news of Jlloyd Samuel fatal accident this morning at 37, this is tragic for his family, friends and most of all beautiful kids he has left behind, I’m in bits he was such a top guy. RiP Jay
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Everyone at Wolves is saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Jlloyd Samuel. Thoughts are with his friends, family and former clubs at this difficult time.
Cheshire Police have issued a statement about the tragic car crash that killed former Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel.
The former Villa and Bolton Wanderers star died this morning while returning from driving his children to school.
The club has said it will mark his passing at the playoff semi-final match against Middlesbrough tonight.
Meanwhile, Cheshire Police have issued the following statement:
Emergency services remain at the scene of a serious collision involving a van and a car in High Legh.
At around 7.55am police were called following reports of a collision involving a van and a Range Rover near to Costcutter on West Lane.
Sadly the driver of the car, Jlloyd Samuel, 37, from Lymm, died at the scene.
His next of kin have been informed and are currently being supported by specially trained officers.
The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital for treatment.
Road closures remain in place at either end of West Lane, near to the junctions of the A56 and the A50.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
Anyone with any information about the incident should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 64540.
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association confirmed the devastating news on their official Facebook page.
The statement read: “We’ve received some terrible news that former National defender and Ex-Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers player Jlloyd Samuel died in a car crash this morning in England.
“According to reports, Jlloyd was returning home after dropping his kids off to school and collided with an oncoming vehicle.
“The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and his former national teammates at this time extends deepest condolences to his family members both in the UK and here in Trinidad and Tobago.”