Dikgacoi's ex-teammate dies aged 35

English Premier League

Cardiff City legend Peter Whittingham has died at the age of 35, the Championship club announced on Thursday.

Whittingham, a former teammate of ex-Bafana Bafana star Kagiso Dikgacoi, fell down a flight of stairs on March 7 and had been on life support since the incident.

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"It is with an immeasurable amount of sorrow that we must inform supporters that Peter Whittingham has passed away at the age of 35," a Cardiff statement read. "We are heartbroken.

"The news of Peter's sudden and untimely passing has shaken us to our very foundation. Our love goes out to his wife Amanda, their young son and family.

"The loss of Peter will be painfully felt by our city, supporters and indeed all who ever had the pleasure of knowing him. We love you Pete and your memory will eternally stay with us."

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Juventus star Aaron Ramsey, who broke into the Cardiff first-team as a 16-year-old alongside the Englishman, led the tributes after his sudden passing.

"I will forever be grateful for you taking me under your wing. You were one of the most technical and gifted players I've played with and that left foot of yours was like a wand," Ramsey wrote on Instagram.

"I'm proud to have played alongside you and will always remember the young vs old games and you just running the show."

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Whittingham spent 10 seasons in the Welsh capital, scoring 96 goals and registering 93 assists in 457 games.