Peter Whittingham, a former player for Welsh football club Cardiff City, has died at age 35.
On Thursday, the team announced the devastating news on their Instagram page.
“It is with an immeasurable amount of sorrow that we must inform supporters that Peter Whittingham has passed away at the age of 35,” they wrote. “We are heartbroken.”
Per the South Wales Police, Whittingham “suffered a head injury as a result of a fall” at a pub on March 7. He was hospitalized at the University Hospital of Wales until his untimely death.
While sending condolences to the athlete’s widow Amanda and their young son, the organization — nicknamed The Bluebirds — asks “for their privacy to be respected at this unfathomably cruel and difficult time.”
According to The Independent, Amanda is pregnant.
“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,” they exclaimed.
“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,” they concluded.
Though Whittingham’s primary position was a central midfielder, the footballer also took on the role as a winger on both the left and right, as well as a second-striker.
As a Bluebird, Whittingham played 457 competitive matches and scored 96 goals — making him the ninth-highest scorer in Cardiff City’s history.
Whittingham previously played for the Aston Villa Football Club, based in Aston, Birmingham.
He announced his retirement last summer.