Gillespie pays tribute after ex-Toon star Srnicek dies
Newcastle United fans and former team-mates have been paying tribute to Pavel Srnicek following his death at the age of 47.
The hugely popular former goalkeeper suffered a cardiac arrest while out jogging in his native Czech Republic on December 20 and suffered irreversible brain damage.
His agent, Steve Wraith, said in a statement: "It is with deep sadness that I have to announce the passing of former Newcastle United player Pavel Srnicek.
"Pavel suffered a cardiac arrest before the Christmas period in his home country and had been in an induced coma in hospital with his close family around his bedside.
"Despite the best medical attention the final brain scans on Monday showed irreversible damage and the decision had to be taken to switch off the life support machine. Pav passed away on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 29 2015 with his family by his side."
Srnicek made 190 appearances for Newcastle between 1991 and 1998 and went on to have spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham before returning to St James' Park in 2006.
He had recently been on a whistle-stop tour of Tyneside to promote his autobiography 'Pavel Is A Geordie' which has just been released.
Former Northern Ireland international Keith Gillespie paid tribute to his ex-Newcastle team-mate via Twitter, saying: "So sad to hear about Pavel Srnicek. Proud to have known him and play with him. Absolute gentleman. #RIPPAV"
The son of a woodcutter, Srnicek was born in Ostrava and was capped 49 times by the Czech Republic.