Former England football captain Terry Butcher has said he is "devastated" after the death of his son Christopher aged 35.
Butcher, 58, said his son's life had been "tragically cut short" and described him as a "dedicated captain in the British Army" after serving in Afghanistan with the Royal Artillery.<
A statement signed by the Butcher family including Christopher's widow Laura said:
The Butcher family thanked people for the "overwhelming number of messages" following his death on Monday, which they said were "a testament to how much love and respect surrounded Chris".
"We are all devastated by his loss and thank you now for allowing us some time to ourselves, to grieve and come to terms with his passing," their statement added.