4 February 2012

Nottingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty found dead at home

Nottingham Forest's owner Nigel Doughty has been found dead at his home. The club said Doughty was discovered in the gym at his Lincolnshire house. "It is with enormous sadness that Nottingham Forest announce the death of the club's owner Nigel Doughty," the club said in a statement. "Mr Doughty, who was 54, was found dead earlier today in his gym at his home in Skillington, Lincolnshire. The club would like to appeal for the privacy of Mr Doughty's family to be observed at this sad time. The club will be making no further comment."

A life-long Forest fan, Doughty stepped down as chairman in October after a decade in the job following the sacking of the former England manager Steve McClaren. He was replaced in the role by the former Forest player and manager Frank Clark. Doughty, who saved the Reds from administration when he bought the club for £11m in 1999, has invested almost £100m of his personal fortune in the club.

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