Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek died on Tuesday at the age of 47 after suffering a cardiac arrest earlier in the month.
Srnicek had been in an induced coma after suffering a cardiac arrest on Dec. 20 while he was out running. The decision was taken to take him off of life support. Srnicek played for Newcastle between 1991-1998 and also had a brief stint at the club during the 2006-2007 season.
His agent, Steve Wraith, released the following statement today:
“It is with deep sadness that I have to announce the passing of former Newcastle United player Pavel Srnicek.
“Pavel suffered a cardiac arrest before the Christmas period in his home country and had been in an induced coma in hospital with his close family around his bedside.
“Despite the best medical attention the final brain scans on Monday showed irreversible damage and the decision had to be taken to switch off the life support machine. Pav passed away on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 29 2015 with his family by his side.
“Pavel, the goalkeeping coach at Sparta Prague, had recently been on a whistle-stop tour of Tyneside to promote his autobiography, ‘Pavel Is A Geordie’, something that he was very proud of.
“My final conversation with him was about getting the entertainers team back together one more time for charity next year as it will be 20 years since that Newcastle team almost won the Premier League. We will make that happen and celebrate this great man’s life together.”