Dorset Police are investigating reports that photographs of footballer Emiliano Sala's dead body were posted on social media.
The images appear to show the striker's remains at the Holly Tree Lodge mortuary in Bournemouth after he was killed in a plane crash in the Channel Islands in January.
The 28-year-old footballer was travelling in a light aircraft en route from Nantes to Cardiff when the accident happened.
An investigation is underway.
A Dorset Police spokesperson said:
“We are aware that a picture reported to be of Mr Sala’s body has been shared on social media channels and are disgusted that somebody did this. It is clearly a very difficult time for Mr Sala’s family and they should not have to endure additional pain that this shameful act will undoubtedly cause.
“We are investigating this incident and are working together with a number of agencies to establish how the picture was taken and who is responsible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.