Former footballer Peter Whittingham dies aged 35

Luke Bradshaw
Sports Writer
Former Cardiff player Peter Whittingham. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Former footballer Peter Whittingham has died aged 35, his former club Cardiff City have announced.

The England under-21 international also had spells at Aston Villa, Burnley, Derby County and Blackburn Rovers over a 15-year career.

Whittingham suffered a head injury after slipping over after watching England’s Six Nations game with Wales on 7 March and has been in hospital ever since. On Thursday he died from his injuries.

South Wales Police added on Thursday: 'We can confirm that former Cardiff City footballer Peter Whittingham has died at the University Hospital of Wales earlier today. 

'A file of evidence is being prepared for H M Coroner. Our deepest sympathies are with Mr Whittingham’s family and friends on this occasion.'

Cardiff City statement:

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.

Peter Whittingham (R) celebrates with Fraizer Campbell. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

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.