Ray Wilkins passes away aged 61
Ray Wilkins has died aged 61 following a heart attack last week.
Wilkins enjoyed a glittering playing career, representing Chelsea, Manchester United and England. He also played for AC Milan and PSG.
The midfielder was an assistant coach at Chelsea following his retirement and briefly caretaker boss.
He also appeared regularly on Sky Sports as a pundit.
The football world has been quick to pay tribute to the 61-year-old.
Chelsea posted on Twitter: “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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/38w2MW86eg— Manchester United (@ManUtd) 4 April 2018
There are times when I hate the world - hate the injustice of it all. Right now is one of those times. Why? Why? Ray was one of the nicest guys ever to walk the planet. I loved that guy. Thoughts with everybody in the Wilkins family. RIP my friend. ?— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) 4 April 2018
Deeply saddened to hear that Ray Wilkins has passed away. A wonderful footballer and a delightful man. It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I’ll be forever grateful. Thoughts are with his family. #RIPRay— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 4 April 2018
The PFA weighed in with a tribute, too: “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.”