Former international footballer V Veeru Babu died at a hospital in Visakhapatnam, where he was undergoing treatment, on Saturday.
He was 63 and is survived by his wife and three sons.
Called the "Little Goal-getter" by fellow players, the Visakhapatnam-born Babu played for Railways for several years.
He also played for Bengal Nagpur Railways (BNR Club). Babu was the vice-captain of the India Railways team during 1981 World Railways Football Championship in Nigeria, and was appreciated with a $200 cash prize by the Nigerian Railways for his performance.
Kosaraju Gopal Krishna, President of APFA and DFA, condoled Babu's death, terming it a big loss to the football community.