Football pundit Claude Callegari, a former star of Arsenal Fan TV, dies aged 58, a day after posting a tweet saying ‘I will disappear soon to see my mother then you can all be happy’
- Claude Callegari, who rose to stardom appearing on Arsenal Fan TV, has died
- Family of the 58-year-old detailed that he passed away on Monday afternoon
- Callegari was described as a ‘Gooner for life’ due to his passion for Arsenal
- For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details
Former Arsenal FanTV pundit Claude Callegari has died at the age of 58, just two days after he told his social media followers he would ‘disappear soon to see my mother then you can all be happy’.
On the afternoon of March 29, the lifelong Arsenal fan passed away with the cause still to be detailed and his family have asked for privacy after his father announced the news.
One of his final tweets came in response to criticism of his analysis on Arsenal FanTV, in which he wrote: ‘No one is forcing you to watch it don’t worry I will disappear soon to see my mother then you can all be happy’.
Claude Callegari, of Arsenal Fan TV fame, has passed away at the age of 58, his family revealed
A statement was released about ‘legend’ Callegari with tributes flooding in for the pundit
A statement released on behalf of the family read: ‘We can’t believe we are writing this, with permission from Claude’s father, it is with great sadness and a broken heart that we have to announce that our dear friend and legend Claude sadly passed away yesterday afternoon, March 29.
‘RIP dear friend, gone but never forgotten. Gooner for life.’
Tributes quickly came in for the popular Arsenal fan following news of his passing on Monday.
Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell was among those to offer condolences to his heartbroken friends and family.
He tweeted: ‘Deepest condolences to Claude’s Father and family. I honestly am shocked and can’t believe it! May he R.I.E.P.’
Former Tottenham and Chelsea striker Graham Roberts detailed a meeting he had with Callegari in his message of condolence.
He tweeted: ‘Had the pleasure of meeting Claude at my flat last year with @1MickyHazard and @rocketrichman, @abbi_summers, @thenewtommitch he was a wonderful guy and real laugh I know he had some personal problems but he had an amazing heart and rivalries aside we had a great evening. Rip mate.’
More to follow.
For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details