Former Premier League And Cardiff City Player Peter Whittingham Dies At 35

Whittingham passed away due to a head injury he suffered in early March.

Cardiff City announced that former midfielder Peter Whittingham passed away at the young age of 35 on Thursday.

The club said in a statement: “First and foremost, Peter was a family man – and somebody who could light up a room with his sense of humor, warmth and personality. Then, as a professional footballer – as a Bluebird – he excelled with talent, ease, grace and humility. Nobody did it better.”

On March 7, Whittingham was hospitalized after suffering a head injury in a pub in Wales according to BBC Sport. A little over a week later he passed away due to his injuries. South Wales Police described the incident as an “accidental fall,” per Sky Sports.

Whittingham’s passing was felt all around the U.K. with tributes being shared on Twitter from players and clubs.

Whittingham was married and a father to one son.

“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,” reads the Cardiff City club statement.

The former Cardiff midfielder started his career with Aston Villa in the Premier League during the 2002-03 season. He was on the books with Aston Villa for five seasons, making 66 appearances and scoring two goals.

He began his long tenure with Cardiff City in 2006. He helped the Welsh club to promotion for its one year in the Premier League (the 2013-14 campaign).

Whittingham made over 450 appearances for the club, putting him seventh all-time for Cardiff City. He also scored 96 goals for the club, including some absolute bangers.

His football career ended after two seasons with Blackburn, where he made 20 League One appearances.

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