FORMER West Brom and Oxford hero Mickey Lewis has died aged just 56.
Tributes have been paid to the ex-O's boss after losing a short battle with lung cancer yesterday.
He was only diagnosed with the rare form of the disease two-weeks ago, and leaves behind wife Suzanne and son Zach.
A family statement said: "It is with deep sadness that we have to tell you our beloved Micky has lost his short battle with cancer.
"Micky fought with typical bravery and tenacity having been diagnosed only two weeks ago with a rare and aggressive form of lung cancer.
"As we all know Micky loved football, loved people and loved life and we will miss him so very much.
"We would appreciate some privacy right now but will announce any details in due course because we know how loved Micky was."
Lewis - who had the nickname Mad Dog - made 351 appearances for Oxford and was twice caretaker boss.
He started his career with West Brom in 1981 and went on to play 33 times for his boyhood side.
The dad-of-one then went on to appear for Derby, while also becoming Doncaster assistant manager after his career had ended.
Chris Wilder, who with Lewis guided Oxford to promotion from the Conference in 2010, paid a touching tribute.
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The Sheffield United chief said: "I am absolutely heart-broken. He was a brilliant coach but also brilliant company.
"We remained great friends and it was an honour to know him.
"It has happened so quickly and someone who loved life and loved football will be a massive miss to everyone who knew him.
"My thoughts are with Suzy, Zach and the family at this incredibly sad moment."