Former Pompey player Valery Mezague has died at the age of 30.
The midfielder was found dead in his French apartment on Saturday, his club Sporting Toulon Var have confirmed.
Mezague was brought to the Blues on a season-long loan from Montpellier by Harry Redknapp during the 2004-05 campaign.
Yet he was restricted to just 14 appearances, three of which were Premier League starts.
Mezague did, however, feature in the Blues team which defeated Manchester United 2-0 at Fratton Park in October 2004.
Coming on at half-time in place of Patrik Berger, he helped Redknapp’s men to victory with second-half goals via a David Unsworth penalty and Yakubu.
The Cameroon international’s final appearance was as a late substitute in the 2-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the campaign, a result which helped relegate Southampton.
Mezague returned to France with no permanent deal struck and later represented FC Sochaux, Le Havre, Chateauroux and Vannes during a much-travelled career.
He would return to England with Bury during the second-half of the 2012-13 season in League One, making seven appearances.
However, he was an unused substitute during the Shakers’ 2-0 loss at Fratton Park in March 2013, David Connolly getting both goals.
Local reports in France claim an autopsy will be held tomorrow (Monday) to determine the cause of death.