Liverpool Football Club and its supporters have been shocked and deeply saddened by the news that club secretary Bryce Morrison died suddenly this morning.
Mr Morrison was seen on live television only yesterday sitting alongside Rick Parry for the Champions League draw in Nyon, and his death was completely unexpected.
He had been at the club for 17 years, having joined in the club’s centenary year in 1992.
Liverpool will show their respect by holding a minute’s silence ahead of tomorrow’s match with Aston Villa, and the Liverpool players will be wearing black armbands.
Liverpool FC chief executive Rick Parry paid tribute on the club’s website: “We are all devastated at the news and our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s wife Gill and his family at this very sad time.
“Bryce gave 17 years’ loyal service to Liverpool and his dedication to and love for the club was apparent to all of those who worked alongside him.
“Bryce was well known throughout football and will be sadly missed by his many friends within the game.
“There will be a minute’s silence before tomorrow’s match against Aston Villa and as a mark of respect the players will wear black armbands in his memory.
“This is a very sad day for Liverpool Football Club.”
Mr Morrison was a familiar face at the European draws at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, often attending alongside Rick Parry but also often there as Liverpool’s most senior representative.
A message from UEFA appeared on the UEFA.com website: “UEFA and the European football family wishes to pass on its deepest sympathy to Mr Morrison’s family and friends, as well as to Liverpool.”
The Premier League also sent their condolences, a statement reading: “On hearing the sad news of Bryce Morrison’s sudden and unexpected death, everyone at the Premier League would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Bryce’s family, friends and Liverpool FC. Bryce was an excellent football administrator, and above all a decent man.”
AnfieldRoad.com also sends its condolences to Mr Morrison’s family and friends at this very sad time.