Family of Claude Callegari confirm that star of Arsenal Fan TV died of natural causes in statement that thanks fans for their ‘ongoing support’
- The family of Claude Callegari have confirmed that he died of natural causes
- The former star of Arsenal Fan TV passed away on the afternoon of March 29
- Claude, 58, regularly featured on the channel and was popular with fans
- A family statement thanked fans for their ‘ongoing support’ on Thursday evening
The family of former AFTV favourite Claude Callegari have confirmed that the 58-year-old died of ‘natural causes’.
Claude, who regularly featured on the popular Arsenal fan YouTube channel before leaving last year, tragically died earlier this week.
On Thursday night, Claude’s family released a statement on Twitter confirming the cause of his death, before thanking fans for their ‘ongoing support’.
Claude Callegari, of Arsenal Fan TV fame, died of ‘natural causes’, his family has confirmed
‘My family and I would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and kind words during this extremely distressing time,’ the statement read.
‘I am now able to officially confirm that my father passed away from natural causes relating to his health.
‘I hope this will ensure an end to any speculation regarding the matter and our privacy can continue to be respected whilst we make arrangements for his funeral. Thank you’.
Callegari (R) featured regularly on the YouTube channel, and passed away earlier this week
The 58-year-old’s family shared a statement on Thursday confirming Callegari’s cause of death
The 58-year-old was an ever-present on the channel, which boasts over a million subscribers, from when it was first founded in 2012.
Callegari was a famous contributor to the platform with his passionate rants about Arsenal’s performances, and went viral for telling former manager Arsene Wenger: ‘It’s time to go’.
There was concern about Callegari’s wellbeing online after he tweeted to a troll: ‘No one is forcing you to watch it don’t worry I will disappear soon to see my mother then you can all be happy’.
Tributes have poured in for Callegari, with Arsenal legend Ian Wright leading the messages of condolences for the popular fan, while comedian Matt Lucas called him a ‘legend’.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright led the tributes for the popular fan, posting a love heart emoji
Ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell was among those quick to offer his condolences to family
Former Everton and Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie posted condolences for the pundit
Actor Matt Lucas, a prominent Arsenal fan, tweeted his message for ‘legend’ Callegari
An AFTV statement read: ‘We are absolutely devastated today to learn of the death of Claude Callegari, one of the channel’s most popular contributors.
‘Claude was a much loved figure during his time on the channel and through his passion for Arsenal was able to connect with fans from around the globe on a meaningful level.
‘We had continued to privately support Claude during his time away from the channel during the pandemic and the news of his passing comes as a deep shock to everyone at AFTV and in the wider Arsenal community.
‘We will not be publishing any content on our platform over the next few days whilst we come to terms with the news of his passing.
‘R.I.P Claude Callegari | Father, Grand Father, Friend And A Proud Arsenal Fan.’
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