Former Arsenal striker John Hartson has revealed his family’s devastation following the death of his older sister Hayley.
Hartson, 45, who also represented Celtic and West Ham, announced the sad news on social media on Monday.
In an emotional post, Hartson wrote: “It is with great sadness today we put our Beloved Hayley to rest. Hayley passed away on the 21/10/2020. We are totally devastated.. she will be sorely missed. There are no words. RIP big sister.”
Andy Reid was among those to send his condolences to Hartson, with a message on Twitter reading: “Deepest condolences mate, thoughts with you and your family today.”
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An obituary notice read: “Hayley Hartson sadly passed away on 21st October.
“Much loved mother of James, loving daughter of Cyril and Diana, adored sister to James, John and Victoria, loved mother-in-law to Scarlett, dearest partner of Layton.
“Hayley will be greatly missed by her sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, family and her many friends.”
A private funeral service is being held for Hayley in Swansea on Monday.
Born in Wales, Hartson started his career at Luton in 1992 before joining Arsenal three years later as one of George Graham’s last signings.
The Gunners paid £2.5million for the then 19-year-old, which was a British record fee for a teenager at the time.
After two years at Arsenal Hartson moved to West Ham, Wimbledon, Coventry and then Celtic, where he spent five years.
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