Klas Ingesson, who played for Sheffield Wednesday in the mid-90s when they were in the Premier League, has passed away, aged 46.
Swedish club Elfsborg said Ingesson, the team’s coach, died today. Ingesson, capped 57 times by Sweden, was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2009.
Having helped Sweden reach the semi-finals of the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Ingesson was signed by Wednesday from PSV Eindhoven for £800,000 in 1994 and made 21 appearances for the club.
After being sold for £1m, the midfielder played in Italy’s Serie A, first for Bari then for Bologna, and became a £3m buy for Marseille.
Ingesson battled on as manager of Elfsborg despite being in a wheelchair and suffering from bone marrow cancer. He missed Elfsborg’s Swedish Cup win last May because of a thigh fracture suffered in a fall from his wheelchair at a league game. The club dedicated their triumph to him.
In a statement, Elfsborg said: “Our thoughts are foremost with his wife and children, who were with him to the end at home in Odeshog.”