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Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier dead at 73

Liverpool's legendary former manager Gerard Houllier has died aged 73.

The Frenchman passed away overnight, with the cause of death yet to be confirmed.

L'Equipe journalist Vincent Duluc says Houllier 'underwent aortic aneurysm surgery 3 weeks ago and was discharged from Paris hospital & returned home on Sunday'.

He is believed to have sent a text message last weekend which said: “I am struggling, but I am going to come out of this.”

He leaves behind his wife Isabelle Houllier , his two boys and grandchildren.

Houllier famously led the Anfield giants to the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2001.

In October of that same year, he underwent emergency heart surgery after falling ill on the bench during a Premier League fixture against Leeds United.

Houllier was rushed to hospital for an emergency operation due to the discovery of a heart condition, an aortic dissection.

He returned to the touchline five months later and led Liverpool to a second place finish in the 2002 season.

Houllier left the Reds in 2004 and was replaced by Rafa Benitez.


Gerard Houllier pictured with his wife Isabelle at the Laureus World Sports Awards in 2016Credit: Getty Images


Houllier famously led Liverpool to the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2001Credit: Reuters

The Frenchman, pictured with Robbie Fowler, has suffered numerous health problems over recent years Credit: PA:Press Associatio

Steven Gerrard was among a host of youngsters handed a debut at Liverpool by Gerard HoullierCredit: Reuters

His spell in charge of Aston Villa was cut-short due to health problems Credit: Getty

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