Reports reaching OYOGist.com confirmed Former Cardiff City and England midfielder Peter Whittingham has died at aged 35. The ex-Aston Villa player had been in hospital for more than a week after suffering a head injury in a fall in a pub in Barry. Whittingham’s former club Cardiff confirmed the news.
“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,” they wrote in a statement.
“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.
“First and foremost, Peter was a family man – and somebody who could light up a room with his sense of humour, warmth and personality.
“Then, as a professional footballer – as a Bluebird – he excelled with talent, ease, grace and humility. Nobody did it better.
“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.”
Whittingham was a huge fans’ favourite at Cardiff, scoring numerous spectacular long-range goals which helped earn him a place in the EFL’s team of the decade for 2005-2015.