Former Cardiff City, Aston Villa and Blackburn midfielder Peter Whittingham has died at the age of 35 after suffering a head injury from a fall in a pub earlier this month.
The highly-regarded footballer had been in hospital with head injuries since 7 March after the incident at a pub in Barry which police believed to be accidental.
He has now passed away from those injuries in a tragic development on Thursday afternoon.
The Englishman made over 450 appearances for Cardiff City and a club statement read: ‘It is with an immeasurable amount of sorrow that we must inform supporters that Peter Whittingham has passed away at the age of 35. We are heartbroken.
‘The news of Peter’s sudden and untimely passing has shaken us to our very foundation. Our love goes out to his wife Amanda, their young son and family. They are at the forefront of our thoughts and, on their behalf, we ask for their privacy to be respected at this unfathomably cruel and difficult time.
‘The loss of Peter will be painfully felt by our city, supporters and indeed all who ever had the pleasure of knowing him. We love you Pete and your memory will eternally stay with us.’
Peter’s wife Amanda is currently pregnant.
After starting his career at Aston Villa, Whittingham became a regular in the first team during the 2003-04 season under David O’Leary.
However, after then struggling for opportunities he moved to Cardiff in January 2007 for just £350,000 and made his name at the club.
The midfielder would go on to make 450 appearances, scoring 96 goals for the Bluebirds, winning the Championship title in 2013 and reaching the FA Cup final in 2008 over a 10-year stay.
A police issued a statement was issued on Wednesday this week, the day before his death: ‘At around 10pm on March 7, South Wales Police were called to a licensed premises in Barry.
‘A 35-year-old man from Penarth suffered a head injury as a result of a fall and remains at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.
‘At this stage there is no evidence or suggestion of a criminal act, and it appears the injury was caused by an accidental fall.
‘Enquiries are continuing into the circumstances of the incident.’
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