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Ray Kennedy: former Arsenal and Liverpool great dies at 70 after long battle with Parkinson’s disease

ay Kennedy, the former Arsenal and Liverpool midfielder, has died aged 70.

While at Liverpool, Kennedy won three European Cups and five league titles, having joined the Arsenal club in 1974.

He was part of the famed Gunners team which won the league a double in the FA Cup in 1971. Kennedy scored the winner over bitter rivals Tottenham in a 1-0 victory on the last day of the season, so that Arsenal won the title by just a single point.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, and seven years later a testimonial match between Liverpool and Arsenal took place.

Liverpool paid tribute to Kennedy with a statement on their website: “Everyone’s thoughts at Liverpool FC are with Ray’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”

Arsenal posted on Twitter: “Everyone at Arsenal is very saddened to learn of the passing of Ray Kennedy.

One of the giants of 71, Ray will be sadly missed by his friends, family and everyone at the club. Rest in peace Ray.

Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton also offered their condolences, with the two teams scheduled to play in the 239th derby on Wednesday night at Goodison Park.

The club said: “The hearts of everyone at Everton Football Club are with the family and friends of Ray Kennedy following the very sad news of his passing.”

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge paid tribute to Kennedy by tweeting: “Yet another magnificent Ex LFC star has passed away.


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