Liam Miller, who was an Irish midfielder for several different teams such as Manchester United, Celtic, and Sunderland, has passed away due to pancreatic cancer, at age 36.
He was diagnosed around last year and had traveled to the United States for treatment.
Miller, a young father of two sons and a daughter, made his national football debut in 2004 for Ireland, against the Czech Republic.
His first league debut against Dundee United was in 2000. His entire career was around 16 years, during which he moved around several different teams.
Miller had 21 senior international caps for the Republic of Ireland and also scored one goal for them.
Celtic Football Club was Miller’s First club, which he joined as a youth in 1997.
Miller was with Celtic from 2000 till 2004, where he managed to score 5 goals in 48 appearances.
Miller also made 22 appearances for Manchester United, which he joined at the expiration of his contract with Celtic. After this, he joined Sunderland in 2006 and stayed with them till 2009.
His former clubs and teammates sent their thoughts and prayers for him and his family in a number of tweets.
His teammate, Danny Higginbotham, tweeted that he found the news ‘devastating’ and further remembered Miller as a ‘great player, but more importantly, a fantastic person’.
Ian Harte, who was an Irish Defender before retirement, tweeted that he was thinking of Miller and his family in this difficult time, while also confirming the news that Miller was suffering with cancer.
The news of the diagnosis, which came out last year, came as a massive shock to people and took time to be confirmed.
Tam McManus, who was a friend of the Millers and also a former footballer, sent out two tweets, one confirming the sad news and one remembering Miller as a lovely, humble person.
Brisbane Roar also tweeted for their championship-winning midfielder, sending out thoughts and prayers.
Miller’s latest career transfer was to United Soccer League side Wilmington Hammerheads FC in 2016, for which he made 27 appearances.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Miller’s family and friends in this trying time.