- Former Swansea and Bristol City star Kevin Austin dies after long term battle with cancer
- He featured for a number of English clubs and made his mark majorly at the Liberty Stadium
- The former defender made his senior debut for Trinidad and Tobago in 2000 and featured seven times for the country
Former Trinidad & Tobago and Swansea star Kevin Austin has been reported dead at the age of 45 according to Talk Sport.
The ex-defender was said to have died on Friday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year.
During his time with the Swans, he made about 150 appearances in all competitions between 2004 and 2008.
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He helped the Liberty Stadium outfit gained promotion from League Two in 2005 and was a part of Roberto Martinez’s League One-winning squad in 2008.
Having made his debut for his national team in 2000, he went ahead to be capped seven times.
The Championship side, Swansea have however reacted to the death of their former player, saying they are sad at the news of Austin’s passing.
It read: "Everyone at Swansea City is desperately saddened to hear of the passing of former defender Kevin Austin.
"The Swans have been in touch with Kevin’s family, who wished to convey that the club always had a special place in his heart.
"They wanted to thank everyone for their kind words and support, but have requested that their privacy is respected at this sad time."
Born in Hackney in 1973, Austin started his career at Saffron Walden Town, before moving on to Leyton Orient in 1993.
He made over 100 appearances for the club, going on to repeat that feat with both Lincoln City and Swansea.
Austin also passed a half-century of games for Bristol Rovers and Chesterfield, and also played for Barnsley, Brentford, Cambridge United, Kettering Town, Darlington and Boston United, the club with whom he ended his career in 2012.
The 54-year-old who was a legend as far as Nigerian Professional Football League is concerned was said to have slumped in front of his house in Ikorodu, Lagos on Wednesday, September 26.
Collins Ebitimi became famous in the Nigerian topflight football when he helped Stationery Stores of Lagos to win the Nigerian Premier League title in 1992.