The family of Ian St John have released a statement after the legendary Liverpool and Motherwell icon passed away, aged 82.

A member of the Steelmen’s famous ‘Ancell Babes’ group, the iconic forward moved to Liverpool in 1961 for a then-record fee. He worked under Bill Shankly as he won multiple trophies, managing Motherwell for a short spell after his playing days came to an end before forging a successful media career.

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The Liverpool and Motherwell legend has passed. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)

St John’s family have released a statement, saying: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that after a long illness we have lost a husband, father and grandfather. He passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside.

“We would like to thank all the staff at Arrowe Park Hospital for their hard work and dedication during these very difficult times. The family would be grateful for privacy at this extremely sad time.”

Kenny Dalglish, a fellow Liverpool legend, has also paid tribute to the late forward: “RIP Saint. Ian St John was instrumental in making Liverpool FC the Club it is today. Long may he be remembered for all of the happy memories he has given to fans. Betsy and the family are very much in our thoughts.”

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Dalglish has paid tribute to the late icon after his sad passing the age of 82. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Former England striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has also sent a message, saying: “Saddened to hear that Ian St John has passed away. A brilliant footballer and superb television presenter. The rapport between him and Jimmy Greaves was a delight.”

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