Dublin , Ireland - 6 April 2018; Republic of Ireland head coach Colin Bell during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier match between Republic of Ireland and Slovakia at Tallaght Stadium in Tallaght, Dublin. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
(Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Colin Bell, former Manchester City and England midfielder has died at age 74 after a short illness.

Bell rated by many as the finest player in City’s history passed away “a short, non-COVID related illness” on Tuesday the Premier League club confirmed.

Bell before his death, made 500 appearances for his club, won the First Division title, FA Cup, League cup and European cup Winner’s cup.

The sad news of Bell’s death was broken by a statement published on City’s website which read: “It is with the deepest sadness and heaviest of hearts we announce the passing of Manchester City legend Colin Bell.

“Colin passed away peacefully this afternoon after a short, non-Covid related illness, aged 74. He leaves behind wife Marie, children Jon and Dawn and grandchildren, Luke, Mark, Isla and Jack.”

The club also took to their official Twitter handle to pay him tribute.

In a statement, chairman Khaldoon AL-Mubarak said: “Colin Bell will always be remembered as one of Manchester City’s greatest players and the very sad news today of his passing will affect everybody connected to our club.”

“I am fortunate to be able to speak regularly to his former manager and teammates, and it’s clear to me that Colin was a player held in the highest regard by all those who had the privilege of playing alongside him or seeing him play.

“The passage of time does little to erase the memories of his genius. The fact that we have a stand at the Etihad Stadium named after Colin speaks volumes about the importance of his contribution to this club.

“Our club has lost a true great. Everyone’s thoughts and best wishes are with Colin’s family.

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