Nottingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty has died
NOTTINGHAM Forest owner Nigel Doughty has been found dead at his home.
The former chairman was discovered in the gym at his home in Skillington, Lincolnshire, this morning. He was 54.
“It is with enormous sadness that Nottingham Forest announce the death of the club’s owner Nigel Doughty,” the club said in a statement.
“The club would like to appeal for the privacy of Mr Doughty’s family to be observed at this sad time.
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“The club will be making no further comment.”
A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “We received a call at 2.13pm today reporting the death of a male in Skillington.
“There are no suspicious circumstances and we have passed the matter on to the coroner.”
Life-long Forest fan Mr Doughty stepped down as chairman in October after a decade in the job following the sacking of former England manager Steve McClaren.
He was replaced in the role by former Forest player and manager Frank Clark.
Mr Doughty, who saved the Reds from administration when he bought the club for £11 million in 1999, had plunged more than £75m into the club in an effort to secure a return to the Premier League over the past decade.
Many Forest players and Nottinghamshire sportsmen have already paid tribute to Doughty, who stepped down as chairman earlier this season, on Twitter.
Striker Robbie Findley said "My prayers are with his family". Matt Derbyshire said: "I can't believe the sad news, my thoughts go out to his family."
Dexter Blackstock added: "I can't believe the news. My thoughts are with his family."
Garath McCleary praised Doughty for the work he has done for Forest, saying: "He has done so much for Forest, which was not always best appreciated. My thoughts are with his family."
Notts and England cricketer, Stuart Broad, said: "He was a lovely man and did a huge amount for Forest.
Leader of Nottingham City Council, Jon Collins, said: “I am deeply shocked by this news. I have met him several times and I genuinely liked Nigel.
“I know that things have changed at Forest, but he was always a fantastic supporter of the club.
“He wasn’t afraid to put his money where his mouth was, and he backed the club to the hilt.
“Forest and Nottingham as a city will miss him dearly.”
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