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Premier League: Chelsea pay tribute to the club's life President Lord Richard Attenborough, who died aged 90

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Premier League side have marked the death of Lord Attenborough with a glowing tribute to one time board member and club Life President.

The Oscar-winning film director, who died aged 90 on Sunday, has been a fan of the club since the late 40's, and was on the board from 1969 to 1982, before being named club Life President.

The club released a statement following his death in Sunday that read, "Chelsea Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our life president,"

"He led a long and successful life and always found time for the things in life he loved most, one of which was Chelsea FC."

"His personality was woven into the tapestry of the club over seven decades. He was a consistent force for good at the club, even in dark times."

"'Lord A' was a thoroughly lovely and talented man who used his fame and influence for the good of the many causes close to his heart. We will always be grateful that our football club was one of them."

"He will be greatly missed, and the thoughts of everyone at Chelsea FC are with his family and friends at this sad time."

Lord Attenborough was best known for directing the 1982 biopic 'Gandhi', which won 8 Oscars. 

He first fell in love with the club when training with the first team for one of his breakout roles in Brighton Rock in 1947, and as well as being in the board he also steered the club through difficult times in the 80s, even helping them keep hold of Stamford Bridge.

 

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