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Kevin Campbell: Former Arsenal and Everton striker dies, aged 54

Campbell was regarded as a fans' favourite, particularly during his time at Everton


Former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell has died. He was 54.

Campbell was admitted to hospital last month after falling ill and his death was announced this morning by his former clubs.

Campbell broke through at Arsenal in 1988 and, after series of loans, played a key part in the run-in as the Gunners claimed the First Division title in the 1990-91 season.

He went on to win the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup before joining Nottingham Forest in 1995.

A short spell at Trabzonspor was followed by six years at Everton, where he established himself as a fans’ favourite.

Stints at West Brom and Cardiff City came next before he hung up his boots in 2007, after which he carved out a career in the media.

An Arsenal statement read: “We are devastated to learn that our former striker Kevin Campbell has died after a short illness.

“Kevin was adored by everyone at the club. All of us are thinking of his friends and family at this difficult time.

“Rest in peace, Kevin.”

Everton added: “Everyone at Everton is deeply saddened by the death of our former striker Kevin Campbell at the age of just 54.

“Not just a true Goodison Park hero and icon of the English game, but an incredible person as well – as anyone who ever met him will know. 

“RIP, Super Kev.”

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Jon Fisher

Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.