Former Aston Villa midfielder Peter Whittingham has sadly passed away at the age of 35.

Cardiff City FC, the club Whittingham represented over 400 times between 2007 and 2017, confirmed the sad news in a statement on their website.

It is with an immeasurable amount of sorrow that we must inform supporters that Peter Whittingham has passed away at the age of 35.

We are heartbroken.

The news of Peter’s sudden and untimely passing has shaken us to our very foundation. Our love goes out to his wife Amanda, their young son and family. They are at the forefront of our thoughts and, on their behalf, we ask for their privacy to be respected at this unfathomably cruel and difficult time.

First and foremost, Peter was a family man – and somebody who could light up a room with his sense of humour, warmth and personality. Then, as a professional footballer – as a Bluebird – he excelled with talent, ease, grace and humility. Nobody did it better.

The loss of Peter will be painfully felt by our city, supporters and indeed all who ever had the pleasure of knowing him. We love you Pete and your memory will eternally stay with us.

Whittingham was part of Aston Villa’s FA Youth Cup winning team back in 2002 and went on to play 66 games for the first team, before he left to join Cardiff in 2007.

Our thoughts are with Peter’s family and friends at this very sad time.