Former Sunderland footballer Liam Miller dies of pancreatic cancer

Liam Miller dejected

Miller, who won 21 caps for Ireland, had battled pancreatic cancer in recent months.

Sunderland AFC are tremendously saddened at the loss of a player at so young an age and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.

Kevin Doyle, who also played with Miller for the Republic of Ireland, tweeted: 'Extremely sad news.

Ex-international teammate Kevin Kilbane said, "Sad hearing the very bad news Liam has passed away, taken far too soon by a terrible disease".

However he struggled to nail down a regular first-team place and made just 22 appearances during his two years at United, the second of which was spent on loan at Leeds in the Championship.

Celtic held a minute's silence before their Scottish Premiership game against Partick Thistle on Saturday, as did Melbourne City, another of Miller's former clubs, before their match against Sydney FC.

Reports emerged in November that Miller had pancreatic cancer and was receiving treatment in the U.S., where he played for Wilmington Hammerheads.

Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham said "Our thoughts are with Liam's family".

A talented central midfielder, Miller was a star in the making from his teenager years.

News was confirmed late on Friday night of the sad passing of former Ireland global Liam Miller, at the age of 36.

A-League clubs Glory, Roar and City have also paid tribute to the midfielder following a four-year stint in Australia during the latter stages of his career.

Miller's former Celtic team-mate Mark Burchill said on his Twitter account: "Can't believe my old team-mate Liam Miller has passed away".

He made his move to Manchester United and had a good career at various clubs. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends". Miller leaves behind a wife and three children.

He added: "My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends".

His former club on Wearside said they were saddened by the news.

"He was an unassuming young man off the pitch but he was a brilliant player on it".



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