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Gerard Houllier dead at 73: Tributes paid to Liverpool, PSG and France legend after shock death

LIVERPOOL’s legendary former manager Gerard Houllier has died aged 73. The Frenchman passed away overnight, with the cause of death yet to be confirmed. L’Equipe journalist Vincent Dulu…

LIVERPOOL's legendary former manager Gerard Houllier has died aged 73.

The Frenchman passed away overnight, with the cause of death yet to be confirmed.

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has died aged 73

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Former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has died aged 73
Gerard Houllier pictured with his wife Isabelle at the Laureus World Sports Awards in 2016

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Gerard Houllier pictured with his wife Isabelle at the Laureus World Sports Awards in 2016Credit: Getty Images
Houllier famously led Liverpool to the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2001

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Houllier famously led Liverpool to the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2001Credit: Reuters

L'Equipe journalist Vincent Duluc says Houllier 'underwent aortic aneurysm surgery 3 weeks ago and was discharged from Paris hospital & returned home on Sunday'.

He is believed to have sent a text message last weekend which said: “I am struggling, but I am going to come out of this.”

He leaves behind his wife Isabelle Houllier , his two boys and grandchildren.

Houllier famously led the Anfield giants to the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2001.

In October of that same year, he underwent emergency heart surgery after falling ill on the bench during a Premier League fixture against Leeds United.

Houllier was rushed to hospital for an emergency operation due to the discovery of a heart condition, an aortic dissection.

He returned to the touchline five months later and led Liverpool to a second place finish in the 2002 season.

Houllier left the Reds in 2004 and was replaced by Rafa Benitez.

The Frenchman, pictured with Robbie Fowler, has suffered numerous health problems over recent years

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The Frenchman, pictured with Robbie Fowler, has suffered numerous health problems over recent yearsCredit: PA:Press Association
Steven Gerrard was among a host of youngsters handed a debut at Liverpool by Gerard Houllier

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Steven Gerrard was among a host of youngsters handed a debut at Liverpool by Gerard HoullierCredit: Reuters
He was appointed joint-manager of Liverpool alongside Roy Evans in 1998

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He was appointed joint-manager of Liverpool alongside Roy Evans in 1998Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
His spell in charge of Aston Villa was cut-short due to health problems

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His spell in charge of Aston Villa was cut-short due to health problemsCredit: Getty

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He returned to management a year later back in his homeland at Lyon.

And he headed back to England in 2010 to take charge of Aston Villa.

But that spell at Villa Park was cut-short due to illness and forced him to step-down from his role after just nine months.

Houllier also managed Lens and Paris Saint-Germain at club level and he was boss of the French national team between 1992 and 93.

He arrived at Anfield as joint-manager with Roy Evans in 1998 but took sole charge that November.

In addition to the to treble, Houllier also won another League Cup and the European Super Cup with the Reds.

A host of star names have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the late star, including ex-Liverpool players Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher plus England legend Gary Lineker:

Absolutely devastated by the news about Gerard Houllier, I was in touch with him only last month to arrange him coming to Liverpool. Loved that man to bits, he changed me as a person & as a player & got @LFC back winning trophies. RIP Boss.

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