Mother of Gary Lineker dies

Gary Lineker has been left “profoundly saddened” following the death of his mother – Margaret – just days after he was forced to sit out Saturday’s Match of the Day.

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The former England striker broke the news on Twitter today, describing his mum Margaret as “wonderful and beautiful”.

‘She will though live on in my heart and mind.

Messages of sympathy came in from well-wishers, including Piers Morgan, The Secret Footballer and comedian Ian Royce. “Deepest condolences to you and all the family”, to which Lineker tweeted his thanks.

Gary Lineker’s mother has died, the former England captain announced on Tuesday.

His brother Wayne tweeted of the “peaceful” moment he was holding Margaret’s hand as she passed away this afternoon.

She was receiving treatment for dialysis when she was tailed back to her house where her Vauxhall Corsa and handbag were stolen. She has had her family and closest friends by her side. She is going to although survive in my heart & mind.

He tweeted: “Today at 1pm my precious mum passed away”.

The cause of the death is not yet known but Mrs Lineker, who only has one kidney, was reported to be receiving dialysis four times a week in 2013. Finally she will be happy.

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Gary’s brother Wayne – who previously appeared on the reality show “The Only Way Is Essex” – also took to social media to reveal that while he’s devastated at her passing, he’s pleased she’s now at peace. I will miss hear dearly.

Gary with mum Margaret Instagram