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Claudio Callegari, nicknamed ‘Claude’ who was a regular on Arsenal Fan TV, has passed away at the age of 58.
Claude was a respected presenter as part of Arsenal Fan TV and grew a huge following from the Gunners fanbase.
A statement read: “We can’t believe we are writing this, with permission from Claude’s father, it is with great sadness and a broken heart that we have to announce that our dear friend and legend Claude sadly passed away yesterday afternoon 29th March.
“We ask that you please respect the privacy of Claude, his family and friends and be respectful at this extremely sad time.
“RIP dear friend, gone but never be forgotten. Gooner for life.”
Arsenal fans paid tribute to Claude upon hearing of the news, flooding social media with well wishes to his family and friends.
Kevin Campbell poignantly wrote: “Deepest condolences to Claude’s Father and family. I honestly am shocked and can’t believe it!”
One Twitter user said: “I’m so sorry to hear this & I hope you Claude’s family are getting all the support they need. Claude was a great man & a passionate Arsenal fan – he will be missed by many.”
Another posted: “Really sad to hear this. Sending love and peace.”
A fourth tweeted: “When it comes to passionate football supporters, Claude was the epitome of one. He was the best thing about AFTV – the show wasn’t the same after his departure.”
Another wrote: “Such sad news. Throughout the years of going to games, I’d always see him with Tye, Robbie & co – such a lovely guy who will be missed.”
Claude was a taxi driver by trade, but made a name for himself on Arsenal Fan TV, which has more than one million YouTube subscribers and 800m total views.
But he left the popular show in July 2020 when he was removed “indefinitely” for a racist remark he made about Son Heung-min.
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