Former Arsenal and West Brom goalkeeper Alan Miller has sadly passed away at the age of 51.
The Baggies announced the news on their social media pages on Thursday night.
A brief statement read: “We are desperately saddened to learn of the passing of former goalkeeper Alan Miller.
“Our thoughts are with Alan’s family and friends at this terribly sad time.”
Miller, known as Maxi to his friends, played just nine league games for Arsenal after coming through the ranks before going on to star with Birmingham, West Brom, Middlesbrough and other clubs.
A shocked Ray Parlour paid tribute to his former teammate on Friday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
He said: “I always remember having a few beers with Alan. He was a really good guy. He was great for the dressing room. He was a local lad in Epping. It’s a real, massive shock for me.
“I only found out this morning. Alan was a great guy. Everybody who played with him or was involved with him would say he was an absolute top man.
“So I’m really shocked because the last time I saw him was at the Emirates and he looked great. He was enjoying his life now. I’m a little bit shocked. He was 51 years old.
“My thoughts go out to his family. I know his brother really well. His brother used to come down to the training ground and clean all the cars on a daily basis. It’s really sad.
“He’ll be remembered as a top man, Alan. Rest in peace.”
Meanwhile, former Arsenal star Perry Groves described Alan as one of the nicest human beings he had ever met.
He told talkSPORT: “Alan Miller is in our WhatsApp group. He was a young player in the youth team when I was there. I was WhatsApping him on Wednesday.
“He worked as an events manager in Norfolk. He was the nicest person. He always had this big Cheshire Cat grin on his face.
“He was a very, very good goalkeeper as well. Every fan of the clubs he played for loved him because he was brilliant with his hands, brilliant coming for coming for crosses and he was a big presence.
“We’re all devastated. I got a WhatsApp from one of my friends and he said, ‘I don’t know if you’ve seen but someone on Twitter has said Alan’s passed away’.
“I don’t do Twitter so I was thinking, ‘don’t be daft’. So I went on the internet and there were no stories.
“Ten minutes later Kevin Campbell says, ‘lads, I don’t know if you know, Alan’s passed away’. It was just a complete, gobsmacking, sledgehammer blow.
“I was thinking, ‘that can’t be right, he’s 51, he’s six years younger than me and in good health’. We are absolutely devastated.
“You couldn’t wish to meet a nicer, genuine, upbeat human being. He invited myself, my wife Josie, her mum and dad up to Norfolk, he said, ‘come up, I’ll show you around’.
“He treated my mother and father in law like they were the Duke and Duchess. They said he was one of the nicest men they’d ever met. That epitomised Alan Miller.
“All the clubs he played for, they’d tell you what a fantastic player he was, but more importantly, what a fantastic human being he was. I speak for all the ex-Gooners, we’re crestfallen.”
Arsenal legend Lee Dixon said Miller had a ‘heart of gold’.
He wrote on Twitter: “Devastated to hear the news that our teammate Alan Miller has passed away.
“He was one of life’s good guys. What a man. Heart of gold. RIP my friend.”