Liz McColgan announces 'sudden' death of husband John Nuttall

The Olympic silver medallist made the announcement on social media on Friday.

Former athlete and Olympic champion Liz McColgan announces ‘sudden’ death of husband John Nuttall Instagram

Liz McColgan has announced the “sudden” death of her husband John Nuttall.

The Olympic champion shared that the 56-year-old former athlete died suddenly on Thursday after suffering a heart attack.

McColgan revealed the news on her Instagram, saying: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart I write this.

“My husband John Nuttall died yesterday morning with a sudden heart attack.

“A much-loved dad, son, brother and husband.

“For those that loved John, our hearts are breaking.”

Nuttall was a former long distance runner like his wife and had competed for Great Britain in the 1996 Olympics.

He was previously married to distance runner Alison Wyeth, with whom he has two children named Hannah and Luke.

His two children also went on to be runners.

The former cross-country runner married McColgan in January 2014 and gained a stepdaughter, Eilish McColgan, who is also a successful long distance runner.

Since McColgan announced his death, tributes have been paid to Nuttall who had led a successful coaching career in recent years.

Qatari runner, Abubaker Haydar Abdalla, said: “My condolences to his family and all.

“A mentor, coach and friend.

Triathlete, Islam Sallam, also said: “Very sad day for the sports community in Doha.

“We lost, not just a friend, but a father figure that we always looked up to and went to for advice and support.

“Rest in peace, John. We will miss you.

“Our hearts are with you, Liz McColgan.”

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