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Premier League: West Ham co-owner David Gold dies aged 86

West Ham United's co-owner David Gold has passed away at the age of 86 after a short illness.

Gold, who along with David Sullivan took over the club in 2010, was a lifelong Hammers fan and even played for the club's youth team as a young man.
The businessman, who was Chairman of retail chain Ann Summers, passed away with his two daughters and fiancee by his side.
Fellow co-owner Sullivan spoke on the club's website about his fellow owner and friend saying, 

“On behalf of everyone at the football club, it is with profound sorrow and a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of our colleague and friend, David Gold.

“Of all our joint ventures, none gave us more pride and happiness than the day we took ownership of West Ham United, our Club, in January 2010. David had a long-standing connection with the Hammers, having grown up opposite the Boleyn Ground in Green Street, and represented the Club at junior level. He always wanted what was best for West Ham United, and his passing is a great loss for all of us.” 

Manager David Moyes added: “I am extremely sad to hear this news and, on behalf of all of the players and my staff at the training ground, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to David Gold’s family at this very difficult time.

“Mr Gold was a regular visitor to Rush Green and always a source of great support and encouragement to myself and the players. It was clear that he had a genuine and sincere love for the Club and was a true supporter at heart. He took a great interest in the people working behind-the-scenes and was always keen to help in any way he could. He will be greatly missed.”

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