Manchester City life president Bernard Halford has passed away at the age of 77.
The former Club Secretary had been suffering from ill-health for some time, but was still a regular visit to the Etihad Stadium.
Nicknamed "Mr Manchester City", Mr Halford has been described as a tireless advocate for the club, whose loss represents "an extremely sad day" for football.
Club Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak led the tributes to Bernard, saying “His depth of knowledge about Manchester City was unparalleled and his enthusiasm for the Club infectious."
“Though this is incredibly sad news for everyone, I know that his love of the Club and his many friends here were a constant focus for him, particularly over a difficult last year.
He joined City in 1972, initially as ‘Company Secretary’, eventually becoming Club Secretary and remained in the role for nearly 40 years.
As well as his main Club duties, Bernard was also a "tireless champion" for City’s work in the community.
City boss Pep Guardiola added: “It is such sad news to hear of Bernard Halford’s passing.
“It was an honour and a privilege to meet and talk football with him and his knowledge of this football club was amazing.