Former England football stars Gary and Phil Neville are in mourning following the death of their father Neville Neville. The 65-year-old was taken ill on Tuesday while visiting Australia to support his daughter Tracey, who is the England netball coach. He passed away in hospital in Sydney on Friday evening, local time.
His sons had rushed to Australia to be by his bedside after being told he was seriously ill.
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Neville Neville has passed away at the age of 65 after falling ill in Australia
A statement from the family read: "We would like to thank everyone at St Vincent's hospital in Sydney for the fantastic care and attention that dad received in the last few days and for their support.
"Tracey will remain with England throughout the (World Cup) tournament and we ask that she is allowed to concentrate on her role with the team."
Neville – known as Big Nev - had been a big supporter of all of his children throughout the sporting careers.
He was also an ambassador for his local side Bury, the League One club he was once a director of, and his wife Jill is the side's general manager and club secretary.
Gary Neville (left) and brother Phil flew to be by their father's side
Tributes have started to pour in on Twitter following his passing. A spokesperson for Manchester United – who both Gary and Phil played for – said: "We are sad to learn that Neville Neville, father of Gary and Phil, has passed away. Our condolences go out to his family."
Former Man U goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel also shared his condolences. "Sad news that Big Nev has passed away, deepest sympathies to @Gnev2 @fizzer18 @traceynev and all the Neville family on their loss. #RIPnev."
Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen wrote: "Devastated hearing the sad news of Neville Neville passing away. Such a lovely man & great character. My prayers are with his family x."