Former Liverpool chairman and owner David Moores has died aged 76.
Moores was chairman of Liverpool from 1991 to 2007 and became honorary lifetime chairman after selling his majority stake in the club in 2007.
Liverpool won 10 major trophies during his 16-year tenure, including the Champions League in 2005.
Moores’ death comes just weeks after the death of his beloved wife of 39 years, Marge.
The Moores family have held a majority stake in Liverpool for more than half a century, with David taking over at Anfield in September 1991.
Alongside chief executive Rick Parry, he presided over Liverpool’s entry into the new Premier League in 1992 and oversaw the managerial appointments of Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benitez during his time at the club.
However, in pursuit of outside investment to help develop new land, Moores sold its controlling interest to Tom Hicks and George Gillett in 2007.
It was a decision that quickly turned sour, with the Americans ultimately forced to retire in a bitter battle in the boardroom after considerable opposition from fans and the RBS bank calling for a £237million loan. resulted in a sale to New England Sports Ventures (which later became the current owners Fenway Sports Group).
Moores returned to Anfield for the first time in a decade in December 2019 to watch Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Everton 5-2.
“The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool FC are with David’s family and friends at this difficult time,” a club statement read.
Former player and manager Kenny Dalglish wrote on Twitter: “Marina and I are both very saddened by the passing of David Moores.
“He was a loyal Liverpool fan whose dream came true when he was made chairman, and he did a huge amount to help the club.
“Our condolences go out to his family. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. RIP.”