Peter Whittingham dies aged 35

Peter Whittingham, Cardiff City

The PFA is deeply saddened by the tragic news that former Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham has died at the age of 35.

Peter will be remembered as one of the Bluebirds' all-time greats, scoring 98 times in 459 games.

He started his career at Aston Villa, where he played over 50 league games and represented England Under-21s.

Whittingham had two loan spells in 2005 with Burnley and Derby County, before joining Cardiff City in 2007.

The left-footed playmaker was twice named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year and in 2015 he was named in the Football League Team of the Decade.

Cardiff released a statement, reading: “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.”

The thoughts of everyone at the PFA are with Peter's family, friends and team-mates. We are thinking of you during this very difficult time.