Kevin Campbell's son Tyrese pays emotional tribute to his 'idol', the former Everton, Arsenal, Nottingham Forest and West Brom striker

Kevin Campbell during his time at West Brom Picture: GettyKevin Campbell during his time at West Brom Picture: Getty
Kevin Campbell during his time at West Brom Picture: Getty | AFP via Getty Images
Kevin Campbell’s son Tyrese has paid a heartfelt tribute to his father.

Tyrese, also a footballer who played for Stoke City last season, released a statement on Instagram after the death was announced. Kevin died aged 54 after being in hospital for a fortnight.

The statement said: “I appreciate my dad was admired by many and the outpouring of love has been some comfort for us as a family, so thank you for that at such a difficult time.

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“The pain of this is indescribable and as a son you look at your dad as invincible. He is my idol, the one who I wanted to be when I grew up. He was the life and soul of every party and room he blessed, a one in a million person that was loved by everyone, a special person. I'll miss you dad. 

“I would now ask that the privacy of our family is respected as we mourn the loss of an irreplaceable father, brother, uncle and all round amazing human being.”

Kevin played for Arsenal, Everton, Nottingham Forest and West Brom, and was universally popular among fans, particularly after helping Everton and West Brom avoid relegation. He later worked as a football pundit, as well as in security and setting up a record label.

Arsenal posted on X today: “We are devastated to learn that our former striker Kevin Campbell has died after a short illness. Kevin was adored by everyone at the club. All of us are thinking of his friends and family at this difficult time. Rest in peace, Kevin.”

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