Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek has died aged 47 following a recent cardiac arrest, his agent has confirmed.
The former Czech Republic international collapsed while jogging on December 20 and was hospitalised before spending recent days on a life support machine.
Srnicek – who represented the likes of Newcastle, Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham before assuming a coaching role with Sparta Prague – passed away on Tuesday.
“It is with deep sadness that I have to announce the passing of former Newcastle United player Pavel Srnicek,” read a statement from agent Steve Wraith.
“Pavel suffered a cardiac arrest before the Christmas period in his home country and had been in an induced coma in hospital with his close family around his bedside.
“Despite the best medical attention the final brain scans on Monday showed irreversible damage and the decision had to be taken to switch off the life support machine.
“Pav passed away on the afternoon of Tuesday 29th December 2015 with his family by his side.”