Former Saints defender Dean Richards has died, aged 36.
The centre half was admitted to a hospice in Leeds earlier this week.
He played for Southampton for two years, after being signed on a free transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers, by Dave Jones in 1999.
He made 78 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring seven goals.
His partnership with Claus Lundekvam helped propel Saints on during the final season at The Dell under the guidance of Glenn Hoddle.
When Hoddle left for Spurs, he returned to sign Richards for £8.1m, in September 2001.
At the time, it was the most amount paid for an English player who had never represented his country.
He spent four years at Tottenham Hotspur, before being forced to retire in 2005 on medical grounds. He had previously seen a specialist in relation to a suspected brain tumour.
While at White Hart Lane, he suffered a number of injuries and frequent dizzy spells and headaches, which ultimately led to his retirement.
In 2007, he began coaching at his home town club of Bradford City.
According to a spokesman at a club, Richards would come in to provide his ‘time and experience to some of the young lads’ coming through Bradford’s ranks.
In total, Dean Richards played 405 games for Bradford, Wolves, Saints and Spurs, scoring 25 times.
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