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Former Arsenal Fan TV regular Claude Callegari has passed away at the age of 58, it has been confirmed.
Callegari, a lifelong Gunners fan, became a popular figure on the club’s fan channel before being removed amid controversy last year.
But on Tuesday morning his latest YouTube colleagues, the Bansta’s boys, produced a heartbreaking statement on behalf of his family.
The statement reads: “We can't believe we are writing this, with permission from Claude's father, it is with great sadness and a broken heart that we have to announce that our dear friend and legend Claude sadly passed away yesterday afternoon 29th March.
“We ask that you please respect the privacy of Claude, his family and friends and be respectful at this extremely sad time.
“RIP dear friend, gone but never be forgotten. Gooner for life”.
Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell was one of the first to pay tribute to Callegari on social media following news of his passing.
Campbell posted on Twitter: “Deepest condolences to Claude's Father and family. I honestly am shocked and can't believe it! May he R.I.E.P.”
Moh Haider, Callegari’s former AFTV colleague, also expressed his sadness at the news.
He wrote: “Really sad to hear that Claude has passed away. Claude was an unbelievably passionate @Arsenal man & was brilliantly witty, but unfortunately in a world where people take more pride in being ‘savage’ than being nice, he had his ups and downs.
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“I really hope that Claude passed away peacefully and painlessly, and my condolences go out to all of his family, friends, fans and all of the millions of people who smiled because of Claude.
“Rest in peace Claude.”
Another AFTV star, Troopz, shared a photo of him with Callegari and said: “You showed me love from the get go, made my misses feel comfortable when she came to events and always shows my kids love.
"I hope you are finally at peace godfather.
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