Former Chelsea and England captain Ray Wilkins died in hospital at the age of 61.
The midfielder, who also played for Manchester United, AC Milan, Rangers and QPR, was being treated at London’s St. George’s Hospital following a cardiac arrest. He had been placed in an induced coma but passed away on 4th April 2018.
Wilkins, who had been working as a TV and Radio pundit, had been suffering from poor health and alcoholism in recent years. He was charged with drinking driving in 2016 and banned from driving for four years.
He started his career at Chelsea, where he was made captain aged just 18. He built a reputation as one of the young pin-up boys of English football as well as one of its most promising talents.
He made 84 appearances for England, captaining his country 10 times and also won the 1983 FA Cup with Manchester United.
Wilkins spent his retirement moving from club to club as a manager and assistant coach. Tributes for the respected midfielder, coach and pundit poured in following his death…
A sad day for us all at Chelsea. Ray Wilkins was one of our heroes. He would have loved watching our Under-18s win tonight. Sleep well, Ray. pic.twitter.com/OqmvQY2EnY
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 4, 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) April 4, 2018
Just finished the absolute worst day to be at work. It's hard to put into words how much of a wonderful man Ray Wilkins was, known him since I was a kid, enjoyed lovely chats at Sky & over the years received many texts with words of encouragement & advice. He’ll be sorely missed
— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 4, 2018
Football is the loser today – Ray Wilkins was a tremendous player, gentleman and the best neighbour I ever had – #RipRay
— Jimmy Bullard (@jimmybullard) April 4, 2018
I am devastated to hear that my dear friend, colleague and mentor Ray Wilkins will no longer be with us . He was a wonderful man
Rest in peace Ray! your a true gentleman! I will miss you love Wisey ?
our thoughts are with Jackie, Ross, Jade and Family at his sad time!
— Dennis Wise (@denniswise) April 4, 2018
With everyone eulogising about Ray Wilkins it gives you an insight into the man. Huge outpouring of love and respect for the man. #respect #?
— David Edwards-Kiely (@dkcoach1) April 5, 2018
Oh those days of the threaded pass from the centre circle at Loftus Road. RIP Butch Wilkins #RayWilkins
— Prompt Arts (@prompt_arts) April 5, 2018
I’m genuinely upset at the passing of Ray Wilkins. Loved his punditry and personality and always rated him as a player ? #RIPRay
— Najm Khan (@rohaaminho) April 5, 2018
The one thing that absolutely everybody has said about Ray Wilkins is what a gentleman he was.
It was an honour, a privilege & a pleasure to watch him play. https://t.co/sbKMFmJTYA
— DeepBlue (@JohnLeoNo1087) April 5, 2018
Ohhh, so sad, RIP Ray Wilkins. He stood strong beside Anceloti during our first major double trophy. May your soul RIP.
— #BBNAIJA FLOWMATIC (@Afematic7) April 5, 2018