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West Ham joint-chairman David Gold dies aged 86

West Ham joint-chairman David Gold has died at the age of 86 following a short illness.

A West Ham statement read: "It is with deep sadness that West Ham United FC confirm that our beloved joint-chairman David Gold passed away on Wednesday morning following a short illness.

"David Gold, 86, died peacefully with his devoted daughters, Jacqueline and Vanessa, and his fiancée Lesley, by his side."

Gold had been in joint charge at West Ham with David Sullivan since 2010, when the pair purchased a controlling stake in the club. He was previously chairman and co-owner of Birmingham City until 2009.

Gold was a lifelong West Ham fan and grew up opposite the Boleyn Ground - the club's former stadium - and played for the club's youth teams.

Sullivan said: "On behalf of everyone at the football club, it is with profound sorrow and a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of our colleague and friend, David Gold.

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