Trevor Hemmings, a Preston landowner worth a billion pounds and a three-time Grand National winner, died at the age of 86.
Trevor Hemmings, the owner of Preston North End and a racing horse owner, has died, according to the club.
The billionaire businessman died at the age of 86.
In his lifetime, Hemmings owned almost 100 horses, three of which won the Grand National: Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011), and Many Clouds (2015).
Preston issued a brief statement over their website.
It said: “Preston North End Football Club can confirm with sadness that Trevor Hemmings CVO, the club’s owner, died away this evening, October 11th, 2021.
“An additional statement will be issued in the following days, but in the meantime, his family requests that their privacy be respected during this trying time.”
Hemmings also owns Cork City in the League of Ireland.
Mark Lawrenson, a Preston and Liverpool star who spent years as a pundit on Match of the Day, paid a heartfelt tribute on social media.
It said: “Trevor Hemmings passed away, which is very terrible news.
“Mr PNE was his name… We owe this man a huge debt of gratitude as former players, staff, and supporters.
“Who knows where our football club would be without him.
“Sir, may you rest in peace and thank you for everything you’ve done for us… Regards to the Family.” Trevor Hemmings passed away, which is very sad news. Mr PNE was his name… We owe this man a huge debt of gratitude as former players, staff, and supporters. Who knows where our football team would be without him… Sir, may you rest in peace and thank you for everything you’ve done for us… RIP Trevor Hemmings, incredibly tragic. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and everyone affiliated with @pnefcFellow. Robbie Fowler, a Liverpool icon, added: “Trevor Hemmings, rest in peace.
“How tragic; my heartfelt condolences to Preston’s family, friends, and all those who knew him.”
The following was taken from an EFL statement: “We are heartbroken to learn of Trevor Hemmings’ death and extend our heartfelt sympathies to everyone at Preston North End this evening.
“Rest in peace, Trevor,” says the narrator.
Hemmings has three sons and one daughter with his wife Eve.
For his work with the Carers Trust, he was named Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2011 Birthday Honours list.