Multiple sources are reporting that Pavel Srnicek, a key piece of the Newcastle United team that won promotion and then nearly took the Premier League crowd, has passed away at the age of 47.
Srnicek suffered cardiac arrest on Dec. 20 while jogging in his native Czech Republic.
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He made 150 league appearances for the Magpies from 1991-98, and also spent time in England with Portsmouth, Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham United, as well as in Italy with Brescia and Cosenza.
Forty-nine times capped for the Czech Republic, Srnicek had been in a coma. His brother Milan urged the St. James Park fans to sing for Pavel on Boxing Day so they could play it in the hospital.
He said: “It is wonderful and sent the shivers down the spine. It is something very hard to describe. I still play it again and again. Please thank Newcastle United from me and my family we will always remember this and we hope the chants we are playing to Pavel over and over can get through to his hearing we will keep playing them… thank you so much.”
Srnicek was a big part of Kevin Keegan’s “The Entertainers” squad at Newcastle United, and his loss will be deeply felt in Northeast England.