The footballing world pays tribute to Peter Whittingham

This afternoon we learned of the tragic passing of former Cardiff, Aston Villa and Blackburn midfielder, Peter Whittingham, aged just 35.

The Cardiff hero had been in hospital for more than a week after sustaining a head injury during a fall.

During his time at the club, Cardiff won the Championship in 2013 and reached two cup finals; the FA Cup in 2008 and the League Cup in 2012.

Cardiff confirmed the news earlier today.

“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.”

Tributes have flooded in from the footballing world and beyond.

Whittingham began his career at Villa, though it was at Cardiff where he cemented himself as a club legend, making 459 appearances and scoring 98 goals.

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