Tragedy as former Premier League superstar dies at age 43

Tragedy as former Premier League superstar dies at age 43

- Steve Jagielka, older brother to Sheffield United's Phil has passed away

- The former England star died at the age of 43 to an unknown illness

- Tributes are now trooping in to honour the former football star

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Former England international Stephen Jagielka has been reported dead at the age of 43 on Wednesday, March 17.

Steve is the older brother to Sheffield United centre-back Phil Jagielka and his death has dealt a major blow on his former clubs.

Although the cause of his death is yet to be disclosed, tributes have however started trooping in for the late midfielder.

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Sheffield United expressed sadness after the announcement of the former player's death despite spending a short stint at the club. The Blades said on Twitter:

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Tears as Premier League superstar loses brother to a mysterious death at age 43
Sheffield United defender Phil Jagielka warming up before their defeat to Leicester City over the weekend. Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC.
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"Sheffield United is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former player Steven Jagielka - brother of current defender Phil - at the age of 43.

"The condolences of all at the Blades are with Phil and the rest of the Jagielka family at this difficult time."

Steve also had stints with Shrewsbury and Accrington, whom he helped into the Football League in 2006. After the announcement of his death, Accrington tweeted:

"Everyone at ASFC is absolutely devastated to hear of the death of former midfielder Steve Jagielka. Steve made history with the Reds, playing a big part as Stanley won the Conference title in 2006.
Jagielka made over 200 appearances for Shrewsbury between 1997 and 2003, with the club tweeting:
"Shrewsbury Town Football Club is deeply saddened to receive news that Steve Jagielka has passed away aged 43. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time."

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Current Shrews midfielder Dave Edwards wrote:

"Absolutely devastating news about Jags. I loved watching him from the terraces and he was great with me when I got into the first team. A Salop legend and great guy. My thoughts and condolences are with his family. RIP mate."

Jagielka rounded off his career in non-league football, playing for Droylsden, AFC Telford United, Hednesford Town and Ellesmere Rangers.

Legit.ng earlier reported that English manager Glenn Roeder has died at the age of 65 after surrendering to a long battle with a brain tumour.

Roeder was a former assistant to Glenn Hoddle in the England national team and managed top English sides including Watford, West Ham, and Newcastle.

The former Gillingham and Norwich City was a prominent player as he made over 500 career games as a defender.

Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with Legit.ng. He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.

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