A BRAZILIAN footballer tragically died after being electrocuted while flying a kite.

Kaio Felipe Santos Silva's kite hit an overhead power cable in Sao Paulo on Tuesday and sent an electric shock through his body.

The 21-year-old played as a left-back for Independente, a small club in Brazil's most-populated city.

His club – who play in the Campeonato Paulista A2, the second tier of regional football – expressed their sadness at the awful accident.

Accompanying a photo which was caption 'official mourning', they wrote on social media: "With a feeling of regret Independente Football Club report the death of our player Kaio Felipe.

"We send our sincerest condolences to his friends and family."

Kaio Felipe turned professional with Inter de Limeira and also played for Centro Sportivo Paraibano before joining Independente, where he scored six goals in 22 appearances.

Local journalist Edmar Ferreira paid tribute to the set-piece specialist.

He said: "So young, so full of life, so polite, so humble, so friendly.

"I had a beautiful friendship with him, which started at Inter Under-20s.

"I even nicknamed him the 'Fabio Santos of Pradao' because of his penalties and free-kicks."

Fellow left-back Fabio Santos, 34, came through the youth ranks at Sao Paulo and now plays for Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian top flight, carving out a reputation for his delivery from the spot.

Independente fans also shared their condolences by commenting on the club's Facebook post confirming the news.

One friend wrote: "Very sad. I had the opportunity to live with him at the college where he studied.

"An exceptional human being, with a beautiful heart. He will be sorely missed. But God knows all things and his time has come."

And another emotional reply read: "He was the son of my friend Roberto. I commentated on some of his games there in Limeira for the club.

"A promising young man who was well liked by everyone, he was the official penalty kicker and had a great future ahead of him."

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