Ex-Arsenal striker Campbell dies aged 54

Striker Kevin Campbell died after a short illness.

Strike Kevin Campbell.

Former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell passed away at the age of 54 following a brief illness.

Campbell enjoyed a prolific career, scoring 148 goals in 542 appearances across spells with eight clubs. He notably won four major trophies with Arsenal before continuing his career with Leyton Orient, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest, Trabzonspor, Everton, West Bromwich Albion, and Cardiff City.

His final match as a player was in February 2007, after which he transitioned into broadcasting.

Everton, where Campbell also made a significant impact, confirmed that he fell ill in May and was hospitalized in a critical condition.

"We are devastated by the news of the passing of our former striker Kevin Campbell after a short illness," Arsenal stated.

"Kevin was beloved by everyone at the club. Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this challenging time. Rest in peace, Kevin."

Everton expressed deep sorrow as well, describing Campbell not only as a hero at Goodison Park but also as an exceptional individual.

"Not only was he a true icon of English football, but also an incredible person, as anyone who met him would attest. RIP, Super Kev," Everton mourned.

Both clubs reiterated their profound sadness and extended condolences to Campbell's loved ones.