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Football mourns passing of Miller who loses cancer battle at age of 36

 

By Matt McGeechan

Former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United player Liam Miller lost his battle with cancer yesterday.

The Cork man was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November and was 36-years-old.

Miller had returned from America, where he played football, to the Republic of Ireland to receive medical treatment.

He shot to prominence under Martin O'Neill at Celtic before joining United as a 23-year-old in 2004.

Miller made nine appearances for the Red Devils in two seasons before going on to represent Leeds, Sunderland, QPR, Hibernian, Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar.

He made his Republic debut in 2004 against the Czech Republic and earned 21 caps over the next five years, scoring one international goal.

Liam's relative Tam McManus confirmed the tragic news, stating on Twitter: "I'm afraid it is true that Liam Miller has sadly passed away today.

"Thoughts are with all his family and friends at this horrendous time. So sad."

Cork Schoolboys League said on Twitter: "We have received the very sad news that Liam Miller has passed away tonight.

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the CSL are with Liam's family tonight.

"A minutes silence will be observed in all CSL games this weekend in Liam's memory. May he rest in peace."

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