Former Everton and Liverpool defender Gary Ablett has died aged 46 after a 16-month battle against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the League Managers Association announced on Monday.
Ablett, who had a season as Stockport manager in 2009-10, lost his cancer fight on New Year's Day.
"On behalf of Gary Ablett's family the LMA has today confirmed that Gary passed away peacefully last night following a hard fought 16-month battle against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma,'' said an LMA statement.
"Respected throughout the game by players, coaches and managers alike Gary will be sadly missed. The LMA's thoughts and condolences are with Gary's wife Jacqueline and children.''