Former England star Paul Stewart has revealed that his wife Bev has died aged 56.
The ex-Tottenham forward said he 'cannot describe the pain' of losing his wife and mother of their three children in a heartfelt post.
'I love you and will always love you Bev,' added Paul.
Messages of condolences have poured in from former teammates including Gary Lineker, Paul Lake and Graham Roberts.
Former England star Paul Stewart has revealed that his wife Bev Stewart has died aged 56
The ex-Tottenham forward said he 'cannot describe the pain' of losing his wife and mother of their three children in a heartfelt post
The couple met in Bev's hometown of Blackpool where Paul was starting out his football career and had been married 33 years.
Bev has been described previously as a 'full time mum' to their three children, and they were a 'strong family unit'.
She was also strongly supportive of her husband following his decision to help other victims of sex abuse by revealing his four-year ordeal at the hands of a paedophile.
In 2016, Bev spoke with pride about her husband's courage in agreeing to be named.
'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,' she said.
'We have our two young girls and my son, and all the members of my family feel very proud of him.'
Stewart, who played for Man City, Liverpool, Spurs and Sunderland in the 1980s and 90s, came forward after two former Crewe players revealed they were also abused as youngsters.
She added: 'I suspected something. His parents told me he did not speak for a year when he was a teenager, and I knew the man who abused him, so I had a funny feeling that something did not add up.
'It was not taboo, but we didn’t talk about it openly. I had a feeling about the man who had abused Paul.'