Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland striker Michael Robinson, 61, dies after long battle against cancer
- Former Liverpool and Ireland striker Michael Robinson has died at the age of 61
- Robinson was part of the Liverpool squad that won a memorable Treble in 1984
- He featured in the 1983 FA Cup final for Brighton and won 24 caps for Ireland
- After retiring, Robinson went on to have a successful punditry career in Spain
Former Liverpool striker Michael Robinson has died after a long battle against cancer.
The 61-year-old's death was confirmed on Tuesday.
A message on his official Twitter said: 'With great sadness we confirm Michael's death. He leaves a great hole but also many memories, full of the same love you have shown him.'
The message, referring to the famous song sung by Liverpool supporters, added: 'He never walked alone.'
The former Republic of Ireland international, now a famous football pundit in Spain who revealed he had metastatic cancer in December 2018, was forced to deny he had died in a message published last week after Spanish journalist Pipi Estrada wrongly reported he had lost his cancer battle.
He told fans: 'For all those of you who are asking, I'd just like to tell you I'm still fighting. 'Many thanks for all your interest and your displays of affection.'
He added, in a message written in Spanish but finished in English in an obvious reference to anthem sung by Liverpool fans: 'I see I'll never walk alone. I hear you as if I was in Anfield.
'Sincere thanks and a lot of encouragement during the coronavirus confinement.' Robinson won the First Division, League Cup and European Cup Treble with the Reds in 1984 and also played in the 1983 FA Cup final for Brighton.
He revealed he had advanced melanoma skin cancer on a radio show in Spain. He said: 'I would prefer not to have to fight this battle but regrettably I'm in that battle and I'm determined I'm going to beat it.'
Admitting the specialist who saw him told him: 'Michael you've got cancer, a bad one, of the sort that are not curable', he added: 'I don't remember the rest of what he told me because I was thinking I was in the middle of a nightmare. 'They said I had a melanoma. Obviously melanoma normally is not in the armpit, it's in the skin.