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Ex-Forest and Wednesday midfielder Bart-Williams dies aged 49

Former Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Bart-Williams has died at the age of 49, Sheffield Wednesday have announced.

The club said he died in the US, where he was a mentor and a coach.

The news came as the Owls and Forest were coming to terms with the death of former striker Trevor Francis, who was 69 and passed away on Monday.

"Bart-Williams' untimely passing mirrors that of his manager at Hillsborough, Trevor Francis, who also died on this, one of the darkest days in our long history," a statement from the club said.

"Our thoughts are with Chris' and Trevor's families and friends at this devastating time."

Sierra Leone-born Bart-Williams, who began his career as a trainee at Leyton Orient, made more than 150 appearances for Wednesday and went on to play in the 1993 FA Cup final and replay, the same year the team also reached the League Cup final.

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