Former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek passes away

Pavel Srnicek has died aged 47
Pavel Srnicek has died aged 47

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek has died, his agent has announced.

Srnicek was in an induced coma since a cardiac arrest and a decision was taken to switch off his life support machine.

The 47-year-old, who made 150 appearances for the Magpies between 1991 and 1998, collapsed while out jogging in the north east of England last week

His agent Steve Wraith wrote on Twitter after the news of the heart attack broke: "I can confirm that Pavel has suffered a cardiac arrest whilst running and is in critical condition in hospital.

"Pavel was running last night and his heart stopped he was like that for 20 minutes then rushed to hospital he is an induced coma until wed.

 "then they will see if his heart is stronger and if so bring him out of the one knows if his brain has been to starved of oxygen".

The Czech Republic international also had stints with Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham before making a brief return to Newcastle in 2006.

He was in the north east of England to promote his autobiography, "Pavel is a Geordie".