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(Reuters) – Former Liverpool and Scotland striker Ian St John has died at the age of 82 after a long illness, the Premier League champions said on Tuesday.
An important part of the Bill Shankly-led Liverpool team, St. John helped Merseyside club move up to the First Division in its first season after joining from Motherwell for a record fee of £ 37,500 ($ 52,000) .
St. John, who scored 118 goals in more than 400 games for Liverpool from 1961 to 1971, passed away on Monday evening.
"It is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that we have lost a husband, father and grandfather after a long illness," the St. John family said in a statement https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/announcements/ 427370- liver-pool-fc-deeply-sad-by-ian-st-john-over.
"He died peacefully with his family on his bed."
St. John scored the extra time winner in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Leeds United in the final that secured the first FA Cup in 1965. He was also part of the team that won the league title the following year.
Liverpool and Scotland defender Andy Robertson paid tribute to St. John on Twitter https://twitter.com/andrewrobertso5/status/1366685629283721219: "A man of warmth, humor, knowledge, wisdom and joy. Scotland and Liverpool have a true one Giants lost. ""
Liverpool's Merseyside rival Everton said https://twitter.com/Everton/status/1366684239622770691 The death of St. John is "a real loss to the game and it feels difficult in our city".
After his retirement, St. John directed Motherwell and Portsmouth and was a television expert alongside former England international Jimmy Greaves on the popular show "Saint and Greavsie" from 1985 to 1992.
"One of the players along with Bill Shankly who made this club what it is today," tweeted former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, https://twitter.com/Carra23/status/1366680507099004931. "I will remember him most of all on the best football show on television, The Saint & Greavsie."
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