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Alan Shearer leads Newcastle tributes after death of Ray Wilkins

12 months ago
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Sad news today with Ray Wilkins passing away this morning.

His family confirming the news in a short public statement.

After a heart attack last week, the media reports didn’t suggest great hope that the former England star could pull through.

Reacting to the 61 year’s old death a number of former Newcastle players have expressed their sadness.

Alan Shearer speaking for many saying Ray Wilkins ‘will be sorely missed’.

Recent years have seen former Newcastle stars Cheick Tiote and Pavel Srnicek taken from us at such a young age.

Whilst Ray Wilkins was never part of Newcastle United, in it’s own way I think many NUFC supporters like me will find it just as much of a shock hearing the news today.

If you were growing up in the late 70s and 80s, then Ray Wilkins was a massive figure in English football, both club and country.

As such, he has always been a part of my life and others, as you watched on as he played his entire playing career before then management & coaching roles, as well as regular appearances in the media.

Sky News:

Former England and Chelsea footballer Ray Wilkins has died after suffering a heart attack last week.

A statement from the 61-year-old’s family confirmed that he passed away this morning.

They thanked staff at St George’s Hospital in southwest London where the ex-Blues captain had been placed in an induced coma.

The statement said: “We would also like to say thank you for the many goodwill messages we have received from Ray’s friends, colleagues, and members of the public.

“Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Jackie, daughter Jade, son Ross, and his beautiful grandchildren, Oliver, Frankie, Ava, Freddie, Jake and Archie.

“We are asking for privacy at this very difficult time.”

Alan Shearer:

“So sad to hear the news about Ray Wilkins.

“He lived for and loved football.

“I was lucky enough to have worked with him and he was always a true gentleman.

“He will be sorely missed by so many.

“#RIPRay.”

Joey Barton:

“Absolutely gutted to hear of Ray Wilkins passing.

“Thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

“Football has lost another good one.

“RIP Butch.”

Mick Quinn:

“Very sad news.

“Ray Butch Wilkins has passed away.

“He was a top man.

“R.I.P Ray.”

Rob Lee:

“RIP Ray wilkins, a true LEGEND!”

Steve Howey:

“Absolutely devastating news about Ray Wilkins.

“Such a wonderful man, will be hugely missed.

“RIP Legend xx.”

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