Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins died today following a cardiac arrest at the age of 61.
Wilkins had been treated in St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, since last Friday.
An officialstatement from Chelsea read:
“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.”
Wilkins was a regular pundit on on talkSPORT and Sky Sports and had worked there shortly before suffering the cardiac arrest, and was taken to St George’s Hospital on Friday.
In a club career of almost 700 appearances, he played for 11 clubs in total, including Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris St Germain, QPR ( twice) Millwall, Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient. He was capped 84 times by England and sent off in the 1986 World Cup.
As assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, he played a part in Chelsea’s first Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010, leading to the Italian describing Wilkins as “a real blue-blood” in his autobiography.
After leaving Stamford Bridge, Wilkins worked on the coaching staff at Fulham and Aston Villa and also managed the Jordan national team before latterly moving into TV work.