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Former Arsenal and Everton striker dies, aged 54

Former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell has died. He was 54 years old.

Campbell was admitted to hospital last month after falling ill and his death was announced this morning by his former clubs.

Campbell broke through from Arsenal in 1988 and, after a series of loan spells, was instrumental in the Gunners’ run to the First Division title in the 1990-91 season.

He went on to win the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup before joining Nottingham Forest in 1995.

A short spell at Trabzonspor was followed by six years at Everton, where he established himself as a fans’ favourite.

He played for West Brom and Cardiff City followed before hanging up his boots in 2007, after which he made media history.

Arsenal’s statement read: “We are saddened to learn that our former striker Kevin Campbell has passed away after a short illness.

“Kevin was adored by everyone at the club. We are all thinking of his friends and family at this difficult time.

“Sleep in peace, Kevin.”

Everton added: “Everyone at Everton is deeply saddened by the death of our former striker Kevin Campbell aged just 54.

“Not only is he a true hero of Goodison Park and an icon of the English game, but a wonderful person as well – as anyone who has met him will know.

“RIP, Super Kev.”

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