News has come out that former footballer Ray Wilkins has sadly passed away at the age of 61.
Wilkins was taken to hospital last week after suffering a cardiac arrest and was placed in an induced coma.
His family have released a statement which read: “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.”
Footballing legends from across the globe flocked to wish him the best, but tragically, the much-loved Wilkins passed away.
His playing career:
1979-84 Manchester United
1984-87 AC Milan
1987 Paris Saint-Germain
1994 Crystal Palace
1996 Wycombe Wanderers
1997 Leyton Orient
1976-1986 England – 84 caps (three goals)
Ray Wilkins honours:
– 1983 FA Cup
– 1983 FA Charity Shield
– 1988-89 Scottish Premier Division
– 1989 Scottish League Cup
– 1986 Rous Cup
– 1977-78, 1981-82, 1982-83 British Home Championship
– 1976, 1977 Chelsea Player of the Year
– 2013 English Football Hall of Fame
– Premier League: 2009–10
– FA Cup: 2009–10
– FA Community Shield: 2009
Take a look the tributes to him on the next page.