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Tributes as ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell passes away at 54

 

KEVIN Campbell, the former striker of Arsenal and several other top flight clubs, has died aged 54, the Gunners confirmed today.

Campbell led the attack for clubs including Arsenal, Nottingham Forest and Everton, scoring 148 goals in 542 club games across a career that spanned almost two decades at the top.

“We are devastated to learn that our former striker Kevin Campbell has died after a short illness,” Arsenal announced on social media today.

“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.”

Campbell scored 60 goals in 224 appearances for George Graham’s Arsenal side, before joining Nottingham Forest in the summer of 1995, while he also spent the 1998-1999 season at Trabzonspor in Turkey.

The English striker spent six years at Everton, from 1999 to 2005, and he is regarded as a hero by the Toffees.

After retiring in May 2007, Campbell went on to enjoy a successful media career working for big outlets like Sky Sports.

“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,” Everton stated.

There were tributes from other clubs (including those Campbell never played for) and his former colleagues following the news of his passing.

“The Leicester City family mourns the loss of our former striker Kevin Campbell, who has died after a short illness. Kevin will be fondly remembered throughout the game and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Kevin,” the Foxes wrote on X.

“Super Kev: a goal machine, a giant of a man, with an even bigger heart. An intensely private and a truly wonderful human being. I’m devastated for his loved ones, and all of us. Love you Super Kev, Skipper,” Campbell’s captain at Arsenal Tony Adams wrote.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Campbell, the former Arsenal, Nott’m Forest, Everton and West Brom striker

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Kevin’s family, friends and those associated with the clubs he played for.” wrote the Premier League.

“Condolences to Kevin’s family and everyone affected by this sad news — our thoughts are with you,” Manchester United penned.

“Deepest condolences from all at Palace. Our thoughts are with Kevin’s family, friends and everyone associated with him,” Crystal Palace added their voice.

“We are devastated to learn that Kevin Campbell has passed away aged 54.

“Kevin won four caps for our under-21s and represented our B team in the early 1990s.

“Our thoughts are with Kevin’s family, friends and loved ones,” the England national team wrote.

“Really gutted to hear the sad news of Kevin Campbell passing. A fantastic goalscorer, but more importantly an even better human. What a gentleman. Thinking of Kevins friends and family today, you will be missed Kev. RIP,” wrote former England, Chelsea and Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.

“Devastated to hear the news of the death of my former strike partner and friend Kevin Campbell. It was a pleasure to play alongside you Big Kev and thanks for the laugh. R.I.P,” wrote Pierre van Hooijdonk, Campbell’s strike partner at Nottingham Forest.

“Everyone at Nottingham Forest is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Campbell.

“Kevin spent three seasons at #NFFC and was part of the side which earned promotion from the First Division as champions in 1998.

“Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this difficult time,” Forest wrote.

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