Former Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham has died at the age of 35, it has been announced.
He had been in hospital for over a week after suffering a serious head injury following a fall at a pub in Barry, south Wales.
The news was announced by Cardiff City FC for whom Whittingham played 459 games and scored 98 goals. During a decade with the club, the Bluebirds reached the 2008 FA Cup final, 2012 League Cup final and won promotion to the Premier League in 2013.
"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," a club statement said.
"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."
Whittingham began is career at Aston Villa and also played for Blackburn Rovers.