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Ray Wilkins Passes Away Aged 61 After Heart Attack

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Lee Hendrie said as a kid when he played against him, Wilkins would congratulate him at the next break in play if he did something well. Get well soon

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Sad news to be honest.  I actually remember him as a player and he was a very good one indeed.  I don't share absolutely any of his opinions on the sport and have always felt his analysis on the game verges on the comical.  But he is a big name of the past and it is shocking to hear these things. I hope he has a speedy recovery back to full fitness.

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Never understood the dislike for him. Always came across as as decent bloke on telly, even if I disagree with him on most things. Hope he recovers soon.

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Wow. All the best Ray.

Sits near me and my family at Chelsea and is seen there most games. Regardless of his views, from what I've heard he's a very likeable bloke which is shown in some of the support messages given. Hope he gets well soon.

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I always felt a bit sorry for him the way it ended with Chelsea. It seemed hard done by although I don't know if there were any hidden facts behind it.

Good luck to you Ray.

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Oh shit, wouldn't have expected that. That's very sad, I hope he can make a recovery.

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like above, wasn't expecting this and always seemed a nice enough and genuine bloke. Hope he makes a full recovery. 

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As @Cannabis touched upon, i had the unreal and unexpected moment of meeting Ray Wilkins a couple of weeks ago and he looked ill. It was surreal to see somebody that captained England sitting down drinking by himself and nobody else giving two shits until we spoke to him. He was however a very knowledgeable, frank and an interesting human being. It's an experience I'll never forget.

From what I've heard it was a very severe heart attack. The general consensus is it's amazing he's made it to the stage of being alive now and most likely going to survive. I'm not sure if that's down to luck or it says a lot about his character.

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He is a fucking shit pundit that spouts absolute nonsense but Iv'e never heard a negative thing about him as a man. Looking back on his time as a coach at Chelsea he WAS the reason why kids like McEachran had the confidence to get out there and make an impression. That is why when he quit/got fired, those kids never did make the same impact. 

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He's died in hospital :( 

RIP Ray. 

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Will always remember him, Ray Wilkins the cultured player.  RIP chap, you made a mark.

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His man management was superb. Big reason why we won in 2010 with all those egos in the team. Getting rid of him stalled us for a long period. 

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Terrible tragedy, I feel bad now for ridiculing him for his comments about the United/Sevilla tie

RIP.

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Just now, UNORTHODOX said:

Terrible tragedy, I feel bad now for ridiculing him for his comments about the United/Sevilla tie

RIP.

Why do you feel bad? Those were horrific comments and rightly ridiculed. 

Doesn't mean you can feel any less sorry for him and his family upon this tragedy. 

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Sadly; Ray was an alcoholic and his heart attack - whilst I don’t believe confirmed - was seemingly brought on by his alcoholism. The real tragedy is that at 61, he had so many years ahead of him but losing the Chelsea job appears to be the catalyst for a downward spiral.

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RIP.

Such a sad turn of events for him and his family.... 

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5 hours ago, Batard said:

Sadly; Ray was an alcoholic and his heart attack - whilst I don’t believe confirmed - was seemingly brought on by his alcoholism. The real tragedy is that at 61, he had so many years ahead of him but losing the Chelsea job appears to be the catalyst for a downward spiral.

Perhaps reading a little too much into it but he was regularly seen sat in the stands behind the dugout at Chelsea, I use to bump into him in the toilets and on the stairs often. Eerily maybe there's something more in that.

And as you say mate, the point where he lost his job at Chelsea may have been a turning point for him but I guess only Ray himself and those closest to him will know.

RIP big man.

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Really is such a sad story. Some cracking stories about him on the radio earlier. I didn't agree with a lot of things he said but he clearly loved the sport and has helped a lot of people within it. He always struck me as a warm character as well. Scary really as he was someone still quite active in the media and whatnot.

Rest in peace Ray.

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