The thoughts of all at Brighton & Hove Albion are with the family and friends of Don Lock, whose tragic death has rocked the community of Sussex.
Don was a season-ticket holder at the Amex and had been a fan of the club since the 1940s.
Club chief executive Paul Barber commented, "We all awoke to the tragic news this morning, and our thoughts are with Don's family and friends at this terrible time. Our condolences go out to his son Andy, daughter Sandra, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren."
Manager Chris Hughton added, "It's never easy when anybody loses a loved one, but these circumstances are unimaginable for most of us. Don was one of our most loyal and long-standing fans, and his family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers."
There will be a minute's silence ahead of kick-off and Albion will wear black armbands for today's friendly match at Lewes - as a mark of respect to a fan of more than 70 years.
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The family of Don Lock issued the following tribute:
"Don has been a keen cyclist since the age of 12 and had been an active member of the Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club since 1960. He was not your typical great grandfather and was still cycling up to 150 miles per week. He still holds the club record for the 24-hour time trial having remained unbeaten for 44 years.
"He was full of energy having recently been given the all clear from cancer. Not only was he passionate about cycling but he had also been supporting Brighton and Hove Albion since the 1940s and was a season ticket holder.
"He loved travelling the world with his wife Maureen and he adored his family. He and Maureen had just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.
"Don leaves son Andy, daughter Sandra, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren with the sixth great grandchild due later this year. Don had lived in Worthing for 55 years and was a popular member of the community.
"He was hugely loved by his family and friends and could often be called upon for his cycling or travel advice. Words cannot describe how much he will be missed."