Former England football captain Ray Wilkins dies aged 61

Wilkins won 84 caps for the national team

Wilkins won 84 caps for the national team

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Former England captain Ray Wilkins has died at the age of 61.

The ex-Chelsea, Manchester United and Rangers midfielder suffered a heart attack last week and was placed in an induced coma.

He passed away in hospital in Tooting this morning.

Wilkins won 84 caps for the national team - and led the side 10 times.

His family thanked "Ray's friends, colleagues and members of the public" for the many messages of goodwill.

Chelsea said they were "devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach". 

The club added: "Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed."

Wilkins' family said: "It is with great sadness we announce that Raymond Colin Wilkins passed away this morning.

"We would also like to say thank you for the many goodwill messages we have received from Ray's friends, colleagues, and members of the public. 

"Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Jackie, daughter Jade, son Ross, and his beautiful grandchildren, Oliver, Frankie, Ava, Freddie, Jake and Archie. 

"We are asking for privacy at this very difficult time."