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Former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins has died in hospital following a heart attack.

Wilkins, who died at the age of 61, leaves behind his wife Jackie and two children.

Wilkins was taken to St George’s Hospital in London last week after suffering a cardiac arrest and falling at his home.

A statement issued by St George’s Hospital on behalf of Wilkins’ family read: “It is with great sadness we announce that Raymond Colin Wilkins passed away this morning.

“We would like to thank St George’s staff for the amazing work they have done to care for our beloved Ray.

“We would also like to say thank you for the many goodwill messages we have received from Ray’s friends, colleagues, and members of the public.

“Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Jackie, daughter Jade, son Ross, and his beautiful grandchildren, Oliver, Frankie, Ava, Freddie, Jake and Archie.

“We are asking for privacy at this very difficult time.”

Wilkins made 179 appearances for Chelsea after his debut as a 17-year-old in 1973. He was appointed club captain at the age of 18.

Wilkins was also assistant manager at Chelsea between 1998-2000 and 2008-2010.

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