Legendary horse racing jockey AP McCoy wrote, “Condolences and thoughts with your family”, while
Gary’s ex-wife Danielle Bux also said, “The proudest Dad in Britain, and such a character. He’ll be missed. RIP xxx”.
One fan also made reference to Barry’s support of Gary’s former illustrious football career, saying, “Behind every great player is a supportive parent. Deepest condolences to you and your family.”, while another kind fan wrote, “Sincere condolences to you all. You will always have your memories of him to keep his spirit alive. Hugs and love to you all xxx”
(Gary and Barry Lineker in 2013)
The 56-year-old made sure to thank fans for their well-wishes too, replying to many of the first few comments on his Twitter post.
He tweeted once again to thank them, while also paying tribute to the medical staff at the hospital in which his father died. He wrote, “Thank you so much for all the lovely messages. Also a big thank you to the doctors & nurses at Leicester Royal infirmary. You’re marvellous.”
Gary’s father was well known in Leicester, where he grew up, and ran the family fruit and vegetable stall at the market in the city centre for over 40 years.
Reportedly, Gary also helped his father out on the stall when he was playing for Leicester City, before reaching the heights of fame in his football career.
One Twitter user even recalled meeting Barry at his market stall years ago. They wrote, “So sorry to hear about your sad news x remember your dad (& mum) from the market and lifts down at the Lodge x such sad news hugs to all”.
In the wake of the news, Gary also changed the header picture on his Twitter profile to a sweet smiling photo of him and his father.
Our thoughts are with Gary and his family at this tough time.