Former Aberdeen star Neale Cooper passes away in hospital

Former Aberdeen star Neale Cooper who helped spearhead the Dons’ glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson has died in hospital.

The 54-year-old was found in a critical condition in the early hours of Sunday morning and taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

His former club confirmed he had passed away on Monday with his family by his bedside.

Aberdeen tweeted: "The club is deeply shocked and saddened to hear that our legendary midfielder and Gothenburg Great, Neale Cooper has tragically passed away."

Cooper made his name during Aberdeen’s glory years under Ferguson, helping the Dons win the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983.



He is one of the club’s Gothenburg Greats and also had spells at Aston Villa and Rangers.

After retiring, Cooper managed Ross County, Peterhead and most recently Hartlepool.

An investigation was launched into the cause of injuries after Cooper was found in the stairwell of flats in the Bucksburn area of Aberdeen.

Police appealed for help in tracing a taxi driver, who had taken Cooper from the centre of Aberdeen – along with another man and two women.

Det Insp David Howieson said: "There are no apparent suspicious circumstances however inquiries are continuing to establish how the man came to be injured."

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