Justin Edinburgh enjoyed one of the highs of his footballing life just two days before he suffered the heart attack that was to kill him at such a young age.
The former Tottenham defender passed away today aged 49 after being admitted to hospital on Monday.
Edinburgh spent last weekend in Madrid, where he watched his old club Spurs take on Liverpool in the Champions League final.
He was seen in the stands at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium enjoying the occasion last Saturday.
And he was happy to pose for pictures with fans in Madrid last weekend before Spurs were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in the final.
Social media videos showed Edinburgh singing along to the club’s popular songs, as he lapped up the atmosphere of a major European final.
Leyton Orient announced Edinburgh’s death in a statement, saying the former Tottenham defender had died, having suffered the arrest.
A statement from Orient, released just before 7pm, read: “It is with profound and utmost sadness that Leyton Orient announces its manager Justin Edinburgh has passed away.”
Os chairman Nigel Travis said: “We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy.
“All our thoughts and love are with the Edinburgh family and we know from the messages that have flooded into the club over the last week that the wider football world will share our sentiments.
“The success that Justin brought to Leyton Orient was incredible, but more importantly the impact he had on us all as a winner and a wonderful, inspirational human being will be his legacy and will stay with us forever.”
As a left-back, Edinburgh made his name at Tottenham, making more than 250 appearances in a 10-year stay, winning the FA Cup in 1991 and the League Cup in 1999.
“We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of Justin Edinburgh,” Spurs said.
“Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends at this terribly difficult time as well as everyone that worked alongside Justin at Leyton Orient.”
Edinburgh also played for Portsmouth and Billericay, having started his career at Southend.
As a manager, he had spells at Billericay, Fisher Athletic, Grays Athletic, Rushden and Diamonds, Newport, Gillingham and Northampton before taking over at Orient.