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The devastating news that our former loan player Peter Whittingham has passed away, aged just 35, has been confirmed today.

He’d been hospitalised for over a week having suffered a head injury in a fall at a public house in Barry, South Wales. The news was confirmed by Cardiff City, the club for whom he is best remembered.

They wrote: “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.”

Whittingham joined Burnley on loan from Aston Villa just over fifteen years ago and made his debut in a 1-1 draw at Crewe on 15th February 2005. He went on to make seven Championship appearances for us while also playing in the two FA Cup games against Blackburn who were his final club.

By the end of his career, he’d played over 500 league games and his loss will very definitely be felt most in Cardiff for whom he made over 400 of those appearances.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

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