On behalf of everyone here at CFCnet, we would like to express our sadness in response to the untimely death of Frank Lampard’s mother, Pat – who sadly passed away from pneumonia, aged 58.

Chelsea today released a statement confirming what some of us had heard whispers of, but were praying wouldn’t come to anything. Pat had a massive influence on Frank’s career and was a well known and well loved person at Chelsea.

The statement read: ‘It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Pat Lampard passed away this afternoon.’

‘Frank would like to acknowledge and say thank you for the compassion shown to him by the manager Avram Grant and all the staff at Chelsea Football Club during what has been a terribly traumatic period for him and his family.’

‘Frank and his family would also like to thank all the people that have been inundating them with wishes of support.’

The club has also set up a book of condolence online for those wishing to pay their respects. You can leave a message of condolence by clicking this link.