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Gary Lineker announces death of mother Margaret

Former England captain Gary Lineker announces on social media that his mother Margaret, 76, has passed away.

Gary Lineker's mother has died, the former England captain announced on Tuesday.

The 54-year-old broke the news on social media, describing his mum Margaret as "wonderful and beautiful".

Lineker wrote: "I am profoundly saddened to tell you that my wonderful, beautiful mother has left us. She will though live on in my heart and mind. #RIPMum"

After receiving messages of support, the former Leicester City, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur forward added: "Thank you all so much for your good wishes. It's overwhelming really and massively appreciated."

She wouldn't want sympathy. She wouldn't want tears. She would want a gin and tonic. Cheers Mum #RIP

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Lineker had revealed a few days ago that he would not be hosting Match of the Day on Saturday night due to her illness.

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