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Arsenal icon Ray Parlour has paid tribute to his father, having announced his dad passed away earlier this week.
Parlour posted an emotional video on Twitter, at first wishing many people a happy birthday before revealing his sad news.
Parlour said: “It’s been a bad week for me because my dad passed away on Tuesday. Always really hard, it hits you hard, but he’ll be looking down on me hopefully.
“He was a wonderful dad to me and my brothers, and a great, great husband to my mum.
“He’ll be looking down saying ‘celebrate my life, son’ so I’m going to celebrate it.
“He was a real inspiration on my life, a lovely man. It got really sad in the end, so he’s probably in a better place now.
“Rest in peace dad, you’ve been a lovely dad to me and my brothers.”
And as he downed a ‘port bomb’, Parlour added: “Until we meet again, dad.”
Parlour had previously explained how he upset his dad – by scoring against his beloved West Ham.
He had said: “I scored a few times at Upton Park as well which my dad wasn’t happy about. It was one of them situations where he didn’t talk to me for a few days.
“But it was always great banter (at Upton Park), the West Ham fans knew I come from that area and they sort of left me alone a little bit when I played at Upton Park because that was one of the most hostile grounds to play at.
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“I was the youngest of three boys and obviously my dad was a big football fan, West Ham supporter… it was a great upbringing.
“My dad loved seeing his boys playing football. There was only one live game a year (in those days) which was the (FA) Cup final.
“We always made a big thing of the cup final, watching all the build up. Whoever was in the final it didn’t matter, it was a big day in our household.”
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