​Cyrille Regis: West Brom legend dies aged 59

Cyrille Regis has died at the age of 59 after a suspected heart attack.

Everyone at Coventry City are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of the legend and FA Cup winning hero Cyrille Regis.

Regis, who became an icon at West Brom and Coventry during the 1970s and ‘80s, suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.

Cyrille Regis with Laurie Cunningham at West Brom

He was part of a West Brom side that included the iconic black players Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson.

The trio, who became known as ‘The Three Degrees’, paved the way for more black players to break into English football at a time where racism in the game was commonplace.

A statue of ‘The Three Degrees’, called The Celebration, was unveiled in West Bromwich in 2014.

Regis said at the time: “We were part of that first generation of black players in this country and I’m sure that if you ask any second generation player they will tell you they were inspired by Laurie. That’s why the statue will be so important.”