Chris Bart-Williams, a former midfielder, passes away at age 49.

Chris Bart-Williams, a former midfielder for Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, passed away at the age of 49.

Former professional football player and English football coach Christopher Gerald Bart-Williams was born in Sierra Leone.

He passed away in the United States, where he served as a coach and mentor, Sheffield Wednesday revealed.

The organization continued, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our former players, Chris Bart-Williams.”

When he was 16 years old, Bart-Williams made his full club debut for Leyton Orient in a 4-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers.

He signed up with the Owls in 1991, and he played more than 100 times for the team.

Before stints at Charlton and Ipswich Town, Bart-Williams joined Forest in 1995 and played more than 200 times for the City Stadium club.

His passing coincides with that of Trevor Francis, whom Forest acquired from Birmingham City in 1979 and who became the first footballer to earn £1 million in Britain.

When Francis was in command of Sheffield Wednesday, he also oversaw Bart-Williams and used him as a substitute in the 1993 FA Cup final, which saw the Owls lose to Arsenal after a replay.

In a statement, Sheffield Wednesday claimed that Bart-Williams’ tragic death “mirrors that of his manager at Hillsborough, Trevor Francis, who also passed away unexpectedly on today, one of the worst days in our vast history.

Mark Bright, a former striker for Sheffield Wednesday, called Bart-Williams a tremendously talented player with a large personality and a very charismatic individual.

“Knowing him was loving him,” he said, “sending love to his family, friends, and former teammates.”

Kevin Pressman, a former goalkeeper for Sheffield Wednesday, said: It was a devastating day to learn of the passing of Trevor Francis and my old teammate Chris Bart Williams, who both left us way too quickly.

At Forest, Bart-Williams assisted the team in capturing the old First Division championship in 1997–98 to secure Premier League promotion.

Mark Crossley, a former Forest goalie, wrote on Twitter that he was “so saddened to hear the news of Trevor Francis passing and my former teammate Chris Bart Williams, both so young, it is so sad,” and that they should rest in peace.

“Knowing him was loving him,” he said, “sending love to his family, friends, and former teammates.”

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