Former England football captain Tony Adams has led the tributes to Peter Kay, co-founder of the Sporting Chance rehabilitation clinic, who has died aged 52.
Kay worked as a mentor to Adams and players including Joey Barton, Paul Gascoigne and Paul Merson at the clinic, which helped sports people deal with alcohol, drugs and gambling problems.
Adams said: "Peter was my friend as well as a professional colleague and I am saddened by this news. He played a major role in changing perceptions and lives."
Kay helped Adams found Sporting Chance 13 years ago and worked as chief executive until 18 months ago when he stepped down due to illness.
A statement from Sporting Chance said: "As a result of Peter's work, there are now many sporting figures who are in good recovery, enjoying fine careers and living life well."
A man who pretended he was Peter Kay's brother so that he could con pub landlords has pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud.
Peter Stead claimed he was Danny Kay - the brother of Phoenix Nights star Peter - when he offered to put on comedy nights in the Derby, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire areas.
Police said 50-year-old Stead was working as a conman under the ruse of fundraising for the Lewis Mighty Fund, a charity raising money for a young boy in Nottingham, who died from an aggressive form of cancer last year.
The man was given cash by the landlords to secure the booking. But when he failed to deliver, police became suspicious.
Officers had been searching for Stead since 2009 until he was recently arrested in Derby.
Stand up comedian Peter Kay will be spending more time sitting down this week, as he travels from Belfast to London, from the comfort of his sofa.
The funnyman will arrive in London during the Red Nose Day broadcast being screened by BBC1 and BBC2 on Friday evening.
Following the success of previous cover single Is This The Way To Amarillo, Kay has also recorded a new version of the video to the James single Sit Down, with the group's lead singer.
"Having undertaken a rigorous training regime to prepare for the challenge, Peter will not only have to endure the physical strain put on his body, but be mentally psyched up to withstand days of sitting down for the Comic Relief sketch," a spokesman joked.