Former Cardiff midfielder Peter Whittingham has died at the age of 35 following a fall 12 days ago.
Whittingham suffered head injuries at a pub in Barry on March 7 from what South Wales Police have described as an “accidental fall”.
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In a statement on their website, Cardiff said: “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.
“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.”
Most tragically, Whittingham’s wife Amanda is pregnant with their second child.
Tributes flow for Peter Whittingham
The former England Under-21 international had been at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff since the accident nearly two weeks ago.
Nuneaton-born Whittingham began his career at boyhood club Aston Villa and was part of the club's 2002 FA Youth Cup-winning team.
He played 66 games for Villa and had loan spells at Burnley and Derby before joining Cardiff in 2007.
Whittingham played in two major cup finals - the FA Cup final in 2008 and Carling Cup final in 2012 - and won a Championship winners' medal in 2013 as Cardiff were promoted to the Premier League.
He made over 450 appearances and scored 98 goals in 10 years at Cardiff before finishing his career at Blackburn in 2018.
Sad news regarding Peter Whittingham, played with him @BurnleyOfficial as a young player he had great ability and went on to have a fine career. Man of little words did his talking on the pitch. ⚽️💔 RIP 🙏🏾— Frank Sinclair (@FrankMSinclair) March 19, 2020
Such terrible news— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) March 19, 2020
Everyone at #NFFC sends their condolences to the friends and family of Peter Whittingham and all at Cardiff City.
A fierce opponent, a great footballer and a superb human being. Rest in peace.https://t.co/JhHbmbQZmJ pic.twitter.com/psUnGFD1xI
Cardiff have now confirmed Peter Whittingham has died at the age of 35.— Second Tier Podcast (@TheSecondTier) March 19, 2020
The best player the Championship has ever seen.
Any Championship fan will understand what a truly great player Peter Whittingham was at this level. I was envious of Cardiff for having someone of his calibre. A true midfield maestro. Tragic news. RIP. pic.twitter.com/pvC2vBK5p0— Mark Beck (@MB_Ktubes) March 19, 2020
Here's to you, Peter Whittingham, City loves you more than you will know 💙 pic.twitter.com/Qf82tGGH0t— Cardiff City Online (@CardiffCityLive) March 19, 2020
This picture has been posted a lot in the past few days, but with the news finally confirmed it seems to hit differently.— Three Little Birds (@ThreeBluebirds_) March 19, 2020
35-years-old is way too young to pass away, especially with a family.
RIP Peter Whittingham, City loves you more than you will know 💙#HeDoesWhatHeWants pic.twitter.com/3GnADg9vEh
⚽ Here's a reminder of what Cardiff City legend Peter Whittingham could do with a football at his feet. The former Bluebirds midfielder has died aged 35.— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) March 19, 2020
👉 https://t.co/iKyIwsRLtj pic.twitter.com/INy8byj8Xe
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of former Premier League footballer Peter Whittingham following the sad news of his passing aged just 35. RIP Peter. pic.twitter.com/yTWYRGRXi0— Everton (@Everton) March 19, 2020
Rest in Peace Peter Whittingham😔 Didnt know him personally but have the biggest respect for his footballing ability and that wand of a left foot which scored so many free kicks which I absolutely loved watching. Thoughts are with his family and friends 💔 pic.twitter.com/VnbPieSlrX— James Maddison (@Madders10) March 19, 2020