Barnsley’s former chairman Patrick Cryne has died aged 66 after shedding his struggle in opposition to most cancers, the membership have introduced.
Cryne bought his controlling stake in his hometown membership to a consortium led by Chinese language billionaire Chien Lee final month after 14 years as Barnsley proprietor.
A membership assertion learn: “Barnsley Soccer Membership are devastated to announce that Mr Patrick Cryne has handed away over the weekend on the age of 66.
“Mr Cryne had been battling most cancers since November 2016.
“Membership custodian for 14 years and extensively regarded among the many loyal fan base because the ‘saviour’ of the membership since taking management in 2003, Mr Cryne has been held within the highest of regards each at Barnsley Soccer Membership and throughout the footballing world.”
Cryne wrote an open letter to followers in September to say he was “dwelling on borrowed time”.
He accomplished his sale of the membership on December 17 to the Lee-led consortium, which additionally consists of Moneyball pioneer Billy Beane and American businessman Paul Conway.
The membership added: “Mr Patrick Cryne shall be deeply and sadly missed by all people linked to the membership and we’re all sending our deepest condolences to his spouse Jean, son James and the remainder of his shut household.
“The membership totally acknowledges that this information shall be deeply upsetting to many individuals however we ask for privateness at this painful time.”