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Ex-England footballer Paul Stewart reveals death of wife Bev, aged 56, and says ‘I can’t describe the pain’


FORMER England football star Paul Stewart has revealed his wife Bev has died aged 56.

The ex-Tottenham forward heartbreakingly wrote that he "cannot describe the pain" of losing wife and mother to their three children.

He added: "I love you and always will."

Tributes have flooded in from former teammates including Gary Lineker, Paul Lake and Graham Roberts. 

Paul met Bev in her hometown of Blackpool where he was starting out his football career.

They had been married for 33 years.

Bev was a "full-time mum" to their three kids and they were described as a "strong family unit".

Bev was also supportive of her husband when he decided to help other victims of sex abuse by revealing he was sexually assaulted by a trusted youth coach when he was a child.

In 2016, Bev spoke with pride about her husband's courage to come forward about his ordeal after two former Crewe players revealed they were also abused as youngsters.

She said: "I do think it is the right thing to do. I can still walk out there with my head held high because he is so very brave.

"We have our two young girls and my son, and all the members of my family feel very proud of him."

Bev said at the time that Paul going public was "a very brave thing to do".

Former teammate Gary tweeted: "So sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences."

Graham wrote: "Sending lots of [hugs] stewy very sorry mate."

Paul added: "I'm so very sorry, Paul. Thinking of you and the family at this desperately sad time."

Paul, played for Man City, Liverpool, Spurs and Sunderland in the 1980s and 90s.

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