Former Swansea, Lincoln and Leyton Orient defender Kevin Austin tragically lost his fight against pancreatic cancer this weekend.
Austin passed away on Friday, aged just 45 years old, after a short battle against the illness.
Austin was best known for his spell at Swansea, where he made over 150 appearances in a four-season stay, earning a call up to the Trinidad and Tobago side. Austin helped the club win promotion from League Two in the 2004/05 season and was also part of the squad that lifted the League One title under Roberto Martinez in 2007/08.
He had previously played for Lincoln City, helping them to promotion in 1998 before a move to Barnsley
Most recently the left-sided defender had been working as a youth coach at Scunthorpe United, but also appeared for Leyton Orient, Barnsley, Brentford, Cambridge United, Bristol Rovers, Boston United and Darlington.
The world of football has been paying tribute, with many former players and team mates of Austin’s paying tribute to him, as well as his former clubs.
To my friend, Big Kevin Austin, I want you to know that we will miss you so much, you were loved by all.i learned a lot from you my dear friend. I hope you find peace ❤️ pic.twitter.com/HClwJg7ncF
— Izzy (@izzyiriekpen) November 25, 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of our former defender ‘Super’ Kevin Austin.
Taken from us far too soon. May you Rest in Peace, Kev.
— Lincoln City FC (@LincolnCity_FC) November 25, 2018
My thoughts and prayers go out tonight to Kev Austin’s family, a nicer man you would never meet, a ex team mate. Totally shocked and gutted.
— Mark Crossley (@bignorms) November 25, 2018
No surprise towards all the kind words and love that people had for Kevin Austin.
A genuinely lovely man, with a big heart and an even bigger Smile. Going to miss him.
RIP Kev x pic.twitter.com/NQWgU0wOOx
— Jack Lester (@JackLester14) November 26, 2018
We are saddened to hear of the passing of our good friend and mentor yesterday of Kev Austin .. a wonderful influence on our club especially the current U18 section -there will be a minutes silence in memory of Kev before today’s U18 game -our love & prayers are with the family pic.twitter.com/h9RRPiQjo6
— Handsworth Parramore (@HandsworthPFC) November 25, 2018
Absolutely devastated god you have taken an absolute GENTLEMEN off us one off the most respectful man you will meet tremendous wit & character touched us all god bless you m8 R I P KEVIN AUSTIN❤❤❤my thought are with his family god bless you all ??? pic.twitter.com/QafZua9EOv
— AndyRobinson (@robbo9rovers) November 25, 2018
RIP Kevin Austin – 1973-2018 – https://t.co/oMSpgfG5e4
Scunthorpe United Football Club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Austin at the age of 45 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. pic.twitter.com/gY0RhRQ1mb
— Scunthorpe United FC (@SUFCOfficial) November 25, 2018
The Club is saddened to learn about the passing of former player Kevin Austin.
Kevin played over 50 times for Rovers between 2002 and 2004.
We send our condolences to Kevin's family and friends at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/Z2UxR5xEyP
— Bristol Rovers (@Official_BRFC) November 25, 2018
Incredibly sad news to hear of my old team mate Kevin Austin’s passing after his battle with pancreatic cancer. It was a pleasure to share a dressing room with you Super Kev. Rest easy Big Man ? https://t.co/RCRvQ960bi
— John finnigan (@John_finnigan8) November 25, 2018