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Former Newcastle goalkeeper dies at 47

Yesterday, Newcastle United announced the sad news of their former goalkeeper’s death. Pavel Srnicek has reported died following a cardiac arrest. He was 47 years old and was a Czech professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper from 1990 to 2007, mainly for Newcastle United. In addition, he represented Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham United in England, and also played in Italy for Brescia and Cosenza, in Portugal for Beira-Mar, and in his native country for Banik Ostrava. After retiring, he worked as a goalkeeping coach for his own private school and for Sparta Prague.

The 47-year-old had been in an induced coma in the Czech Republic since December 20 when he collapsed during jogging. Following this, a decision was taken to switch off his life support machine.

His agent, Steve Wraith, said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that I have to announce the passing of former Newcastle United player Pavel Srnicek.

“Pavel suffered a cardiac arrest before the Christmas period in his home country and had been in an induced coma in hospital with his close family around his bedside.

“Despite the best medical attention the final brain scans on Monday showed irreversible damage and the decision had to be taken to switch off the life support machine. Pav passed away on the afternoon of Tuesday Dec. 29, 2015, with his family by his side.

“Pavel, the goalkeeping coach at Sparta Prague, had recently been on a whistle-stop tour of Tyneside to promote his autobiography ‘Pavel Is A Geordie,’ something that he was very proud of.

“My final conversation with him was about getting the entertainer’s team back together one more time for charity next year as it will be 20 years since that Newcastle team almost won the Premier League.

“We will make that happen and celebrate this great man’s life together — United, fans and players alike.”

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