Grieving Gary Lineker pays beautiful tribute to his dad

Barry passed away over the Bank Holiday weekend

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Gary Lineker has announced the death of his dad, Barry, who passed away yesterday, and paid a touching tribute to him.

The football legend broke the news of the tragic death on Monday as he tweeted: “Deeply saddened to tell you of the passing of my dad. A special person, a popular man & a wonderful father. Will miss him greatly. RIP Dad.”

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Gary posted this sweet picture with his dad and son (Credit: Instagram @garylineker)

He then posted a lovely tribute to his dad on Instagram with the caption: “He worked hard, lived his life to the full and laughed his way through it right to the end. Gone but never ever forgotten. Goodbye Dad. RIP.”

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Although it is unknown exactly how Barry died, Gary thanked the hospital staff who cared for his dad until his death. He tweeted: “Thank you so much for all the lovely messages. Also a big thank you to the doctors & nurses at Leicester Royal infirmary. You’re marvellous.”

Gary received thousands upon thousands of sympathetic comments from his followers and fans. One person commented their condolences saying: “I’m sorry to hear of your loss Gary. Bet he was a proud man.”

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Gary and his dad had a close bond (Credit: Instagram @garylineker)

Some who knew Barry commented on Gary’s tweets, with one saying: “Mum always got our fruit and veg from Barry. A lovely man and a legend of Leicester Market. So sorry for your loss Gary.”

Gary’s dad worked on a fruit and veg stall for most of his life, and Gary spoke about his upbringing in 2013. He wrote in his column in The Express: “I had a very happy upbringing. Dad worked long hours but that provided me and my brother Wayne with a comfortable childhood.

“I think my dad is quite proud of what I’ve done with my life, and I know he enjoyed my football career.

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The former football star is now known for his TV presenting work (Credit: Instagram @garylineker)

“When I was a kid he’d take the team around in his van and he was at pretty much every game I played.”

He also spoke about his good relationship with his dad and what he learnt from him, as he added: “Something else I got from him is the importance of teaching your kids to respect others and that’s something I’ve passed on to my own children.

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“When you become a father I think you naturally follow the pattern laid down by your parents and Dad was good fun but also relatively strict.”

Gary began his football career when he was a teenager and over the years he became one of England’s best scorers. He announced his decision to retire from football in 1994 and has since presented on a range of sport shows including Match of the Day and BT Sport’s Champions League coverage.

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