BREAKING NEWS: Former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier dies aged 73 after a long history of medical problems
Former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has passed away at the age of 73.
A fan favorite in Anfield, Houllier had a life-threatening vascular problem during a Premier League game against Leeds in 2001, but the cause of death is unknown.
He was rushed to the hospital and later required 11 hours of open heart surgery after suffering from a heart condition known as "aortic dissection".
Former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has sadly passed away at the age of 73
He led Liverpool to a unique triple in 2000-01, winning the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup
Houllier came to Liverpool in the summer of 1998, initially as a joint manager with Roy Evans, before assuming sole responsibility just four months later.
He oversaw a major restructuring of the first team squad and signed Sami Hyypia, Dietmar Hamann and Vladimir Spicer, among others.
Houllier's methods quickly yielded rewards as the Reds won a unique triple in 2000-01 as well as a third place in the Champions League.
Gary Lineker was one of the first to tweet his sympathies and write, “Oh no! Gerard Houllier has passed away. One of the smartest, warmest and most beautiful people in football. #RIPGerard & # 39 ;.
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