Ray Wilkins, former England international footballer has died following a cardiac arrest, aged 61.
Wilkins was rushed to St. George’ Hospital in Tooting Broadway, south-west London, last Wednesday after he suffered a fall from a cardiac arrest and his family announced that he passed away on Wednesday morning after being treated for six days.
His family said:
“It is with great sadness we announce that Raymond Colin Wilkins passed away this morning.
“We would like to thank St George’s staff for the amazing work they have done to care for our beloved Ray.
“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.”
Tributes have been pouring in on social media from clubs, players past and present and other members of the football community, with Wilkins being a hugely popular figure in the game.
The Professional Footballers’ Association said:
“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have learnt that former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has passed away, aged 61. The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with his family and friends.”
Manchester United tweeted:
“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Manchester United are with the family, friends and colleagues of our former midfielder Ray Wilkins, following his tragic passing.”
“Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed.”
Our heart goes out to his family during this difficult time.