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Millwall owner and chairman John Berylson dies aged 70 after a tragic accident as the club pay tribute

  • Millwall confirmed the tragic news in a club statement on Tuesday evening
  • Championship side reflected on Berylson’s ‘generosity, warmth and kindness’
  • The 70-year-old American first became involved at the Den back in 2006

Millwall owner and chairman John Berylson has died following a ‘tragic accident’, the Championship club confirmed on Tuesday night.

The 70-year-old American businessman first became involved with the south London club in 2006.

In confirming the shock news, a Millwall statement read: ‘John, who turned 70 last month, lost his life in a tragic accident on Tuesday morning, and the thoughts of everyone at the club are with his wife, Amy, his three children, Jennifer, James, and Elizabeth, and the rest of the Berylson family.

‘John’s sudden and tragic passing will unquestionably impact all those who were fortunate to have known him. He was a truly great man, incredibly devoted to his family, and a person of such remarkable generosity, warmth, and kindness. 

‘He lived a storied life, one full of colour and joy, and was infinitely thoughtful of others with an endless desire to share his immense knowledge and experiences to help people.

Millwall owner and chairman John Berylson has died at the age of 70 after a tragic accident

Millwall owner and chairman John Berylson has died at the age of 70 after a tragic accident

The Championship club announced the tragic news in a statement on Tuesday night

The Championship club announced the tragic news in a statement on Tuesday night 

‘Under John’s passionate leadership and guidance, Millwall Football Club has enjoyed tremendous success and stability. Since first becoming involved in the club in 2006, he has presided over some of the greatest moments in Millwall’s history, and his influence in providing the platform for those was immeasurable. John continued to speak eagerly about the new season and his vision for the future, and any success moving forward will be in his memory and honour. It will be his legacy.’

The club also announced that a book of condolence will be opened at The Den on Wednesday. 

In a statement Millwall reflected upon Berylson's generosity, warmth, and kindness

In a statement Millwall reflected upon Berylson’s generosity, warmth, and kindness

Their statement continued: ‘John revelled in the club’s underdog status and mentality. He related strongly to such values and identity and adored Millwall supporters. He was fiercely loyal to all his staff, and both they and the fan base will miss him beyond measure.

‘For those who wish to pay their respects, a book of condolence, which will be shared with the Berylson family, will be opened at The Den from 11am on Wednesday 5th July. Those who cannot make it in person to The Den will be able to sign an online book of condolence, which will be available on millwallfc.co.uk in due course.

‘Rest in peace, John, and thank you. You were loved and adored.’

Shortly after investing in the club, Berylson appointed Kenny Jackett as Millwall manager in 2007 before parting company with him in 2013. 

Millwall reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup that year before making the quarter-finals in 2017 and 2019. The club’s most recent promotion to the Championship came in 2017.

Last season Millwall finished in eighth place in the Championship, narrowly missing out on a playoff place on the final day of the season.

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