Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright passes away aged 78
Everton have confirmed the death of their longtime Chairman Bill Kenwright at the age of 78.
Kenwright recently underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his liver and the club said at the time whilst the operation was a success he required a 'prolonged period in an intensive care unit'.
Kenwright, who was a prominent producer in Theatre as well as an actor first became involved in the club in 1989 when he was appointed to the Everton board.
He became chairman of the club in 2004 and stayed on in his role after selling a 49.9% stake to businessman Farhad Moshiri in 2016.
The club confirmed in a statement on their official website that Kenwright 'passed away peacefully...surrounded by his family and family and loved ones.'
Kenwright had been helping to oversee a potential takeover of the club from 777 Partners amid strong fan backlash against the current ownership and senior management at the club in recent seasons, with the club narrowly avoiding relegation on more than once occasion.
Speaking of his passing Moshiri said:
"Bill was a force of nature and he certainly changed my life nearly 10 years ago when he first spoke to me about getting involved with the club he adored," said Moshiri.
"He told me about this incredible club, a club that not only has history and heritage but was also a beating heart of our community and for that I will always be grateful.
"He was a special soul, a man successful in so many different walks of life. We will miss him but never forget him."