Former Arsenal, Liverpool and England footballer Ray Kennedy has died at the age of 70 following a 35-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Kenny was a member of the Arsenal team that won the First Division and FA Cup Double in 1971 and would go on to achieve astonishing success at Anfield.
At Liverpool, the midfielder won five more league titles and the European Cup on three occasions as part of their vintage team of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Legendary manager Bob Paisley described him as ‘one of Liverpool’s greatest players and probably the most under-rated.’
Ray Kennedy Cause Of Death
Kennedy won 17 caps for England but was never able to usurp Trevor Brooking in the side and retired from the international game in 1981.
He was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s when a player at Hartlepool in the twilight of his career and struggled with the illness for the rest of his life.
Liverpool legend and three-time European Cup winner Ray Kennedy dies aged 70, after a 35-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Today former players and teammates paid tribute to the passing of a footballing legend.
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge tweeted: ‘Yet another magnificent Ex LFC star has passed away folks, Ray Kennedy what a player and lovely bloke who suffered so much with Parkinson’s disease for most of his life.
‘He will definitely never walk alone. RIP Ray.’
Ex Liverpool defender Phil Thompson tweeted: ‘More sad news with the passing of Ray ,what a great player and such a wonderful team-mate RIP pal YNWA.’
Piers Morgan wrote: ‘RIP Ray Kennedy. Arsenal double-winning star in 1971 and one of my first footballing heroes.
‘Went on to play for Liverpool & England. Fought a long courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Very sad news.’