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Peter Whittingham died aged 35. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Peter Whittingham died aged 35. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

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Peter Whittingham died aged 35. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Tributes have poured in from the world of football following Peter Whittingham's death aged 35.

The former Cardiff playmaker suffered head injuries at a pub in Barry on March 7 from what South Wales Police have described as an "accidental fall".

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Whittingham's former Cardiff boss, and ex-Bluebirds colleagues Aaron Ramsey and Robbie Fowler were among those to pay tribute to the cultured midfielder.

"I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Peter Whittingham," said Solskjaer.

"Peter was a fantastic footballer and an incredible human being. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him during my time at Cardiff City.

"It's hard to believe that he has been taken from us at such a young age. Peter will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time."

Juventus and Wales midfielder Ramsey wrote on his Instagram account: "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."

Former Liverpool and England striker Fowler, who spent the 2007-'08 season at Cardiff, tweeted: "Just awful news… Deepest sympathies go out to all his family and friends, one of life's good guys, a genuinely real diamond of a man."

Whittingham began his career at boyhood club Aston Villa and was part of the club's 2002 FA Youth Cup-winning team.

He played 66 games for Villa and had loan spells at Burnley and Derby before embarking on a 10-year spell at Cardiff.

Whittingham played in the FA Cup final in 2008 and the 2012 Carling Cup final, and collected a 2013 Championship winner's medal.

Irish Independent