Gary Ablett passes away after cancer battle

Former Liverpool defender Gary Ablett has died at the age of 46 following a 16 month battle with cancer, Reuters confirms.

Ablett suffered with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is a form of cancer that causes severe swelling in the glands. The Liverpool born defender was signed by current Reds boss Kenny Dalglish back in Decemeber 1986 and went on to play 147 games for the Reds. Ablett won the league title twice for the Reds, as well as an FA Cup triumph against Everton.

The club have issued their condolences to Gary’s family with a short chronicle of his career on their club website. Liverpool players are expected to wear black armbands on Wednesday night against Manchester City. The League Manager’s Association made a statement on their website about Ablett, who was manager at Stockport County before his diagnosis with cancer.

LMA said: ‘Respected throughout the game by players, coaches and managers alike, Gary will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and condolences are with Gary’s wife Jacqueline and children’.

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