The former football player Kevin Campbell has died at the age of 54, his management has confirmed.

Campbell played as a striker for a number of clubs, including Arsenal, Everton, Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion.

He made more than 500 appearances in his professional career, scoring just under 150 goals.

Earlier today (Saturday, June 15), Sports Management International posted on X (formerly known as Twitter): "Wow this one really hurts. Rest easy KC a true friend and gentleman Thoughts with Kevs 2 boys and the rest of his family".

Tributes paid to Kevin Campbell

Campbell's former club Arsenal posted a statement following the news which paid tribute to him.

It read: "We are devastated to learn that our former striker Kevin Campbell has died after a short illness.

"Kevin was adored by everyone at the club. All of us are thinking of his friends and family at this difficult time. Rest in peace, Kevin."

Meanwhile, Campbell's former teammate at Nottingham Forest, Mark Crossley, wrote: "Life can be so cruel at times.

"Absolutely devastated with news of my ex forest team mate Kevin Campbell’s passing, a true gentleman, a great player, a shining light of a dressing room, fun loving guy, thoughts are with all his family and friends RIP mate."

Fansite The Toffee Blues also shared: "A true Everton hero and Gentlemen. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Super Kevin Campbell after the sad news of his passing. Rest in peace, Super Kev."

The official account of the Premier League posted a tribute which read: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Campbell, the former Arsenal, Nott'm Forest, Everton and West Brom striker.

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"Our thoughts and condolences are with Kevin's family, friends and those associated with the clubs he played for."

Following his retirement from football in 2007 Campbell spent some time in punditry where he appeared on broadcasts covering the Premier League and Champions League.

He leaves behind a son, Tyrese, who is a professional footballer, having recently played for Stoke City in the Championship.