John Berylson, the owner and chairman of Millwall Football Club, has died at the age of 70 in what has been described as a “tragic accident”. Berylson, an American businessman who had been involved with the club for over a decade, passed away on July 17th, leaving behind a legacy of passion and commitment to the London-based team.

John Berylson: Millwall owner and chairman dies in 'tragic accident' aged 70
John Berylson: Millwall owner and chairman dies in ‘tragic accident’ aged 70

Berylson first became involved with Millwall in 2007, when he acquired a 56% stake in the club. He became chairman in 2008 and played a key role in transforming the club’s fortunes, overseeing a period of stability and growth both on and off the pitch. Under Berylson’s leadership, Millwall reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 2013 and secured their Championship status for several seasons.

John Berylson: Millwall owner and chairman dies in 'tragic accident' aged 70
John Berylson: Millwall owner and chairman dies in ‘tragic accident’ aged 70

Berylson was known for his love of the sport and his dedication to the club, which he often referred to as his “passion project”. He was a regular presence at Millwall games and was known for his hands-on approach, often attending training sessions and interacting with fans and players alike.

John Berylson: Millwall owner and chairman dies in 'tragic accident' aged 70
John Berylson: Millwall owner and chairman dies in ‘tragic accident’ aged 70

News of Berylson’s passing has been met with an outpouring of grief and tributes from the football community, with many expressing their condolences to his family and the club. In a statement, Millwall said that Berylson’s “energy, drive, and devotion to Millwall have been immeasurable” and that he would be greatly missed by all who knew him.

John Berylson: Millwall owner and chairman dies in 'tragic accident' aged 70
John Berylson: Millwall owner and chairman dies in ‘tragic accident’ aged 70

The club has also announced that a period of mourning will be observed, with flags at the stadium to be flown at half-mast and a minute of silence to be held before the next home game. The players and coaching staff will also wear black armbands as a mark of respect.

Berylson’s passing comes at a difficult time for Millwall, who are preparing for the start of the new season amid the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The club has expressed its determination to carry on Berylson’s legacy and continue to build on his vision for the future.

John Berylson: Millwall owner and chairman dies in 'tragic accident' aged 70
John Berylson: Millwall owner and chairman dies in ‘tragic accident’ aged 70

In conclusion, the passing of John Berylson has left a profound impact on Millwall Football Club and the wider football community. Berylson’s dedication, passion, and commitment to the club will be sorely missed, and his legacy will continue to be felt for many years to come. As the club mourns its loss, it will also be looking to honor Berylson’s memory by carrying on his work and building a bright future for Millwall.

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