News is coming through that former Newcastle United Chief Executive Freddie Fletcher died last night in his home in Darrass Hall.
Freddie Fletcher – passed away last night
Freddie died of a rare form of cancer, mesothelioma, which is associated with exposure to asbestos during the earlier part of your life.
The 71-year-old was in charge of Newcastle, during the years when Kevin Keegan was transforming the fortunes of Newcastle and he ended his time at Newcastle in March of 2000.
Freddie was only diagnosed with this cancer in January, and he was fighting lung cancer in hospital in April of this year and had surgery at that time, but mesothelioma is a very aggressive form of cancer unfortunately.
Sir John Hall worked with Freddie for a full 26 years, and he had this to say this morning on Freddie’s passing.
“He was instrumental to the success of Newcastle United. It’s sad to think we have lost a truly great friend. What he did behind the scenes was invaluable. My condolences go to his wife Margaret and family.”
We send out our commiserations to his family and to all those who were close to him.