Millwall has announced the death of its “beloved” owner John Berylson following a “tragic accident” at the age of 70.
In a statement shared on Tuesday night, the Championship club revealed that the American businessman left behind his wife, Amy, and his three children, Jennifer, James, Elizabeth. There was no further explanation about the “tragic accident” the Millwall owner was reportedly involved in.
Berylson first became involved in Millwall in 2006. He was appointed as chairman in October 2007 and is credited with overseeing one of the most successful periods in the club’s history, with the South London outfit making the Championship play-offs last season.
A statement released by Millwall following the death of its owner read;
“It is with a collective broken heart and the deepest of regret that we announce the passing of our beloved owner and chairman, John Berylson.
“John, who turned 70 last month, lost his life in a tragic accident on Tuesday morning and the thoughts of everyone at the club are with his wife Amy and three children – Jennifer, James and Elizabeth – and the rest of the Berylson family.
“John’s sudden and tragic passing will unquestionably impact all those who were fortunate to have known him. He was truly a great man, incredibly devoted to his family and a person of such remarkable generosity, warmth and kindness.
“He lived a storied life, one full of colour and joy, and was infinitely thoughtful of others with an endless desire to share his immense knowledge and experience to help people.
“Under John’s passionate leadership and guidance, Millwall Football Club has enjoyed tremendous success and stability. Since first becoming involved in the club in 2006, he has presided over some of the greatest moments in Millwall’s history, and his influence in providing the platform for those was immeasurable. John continued to speak eagerly about the new season and his vision for the future, and any success moving forward will be in his memory and honour. It will be his legacy.
“John revelled in the club’s underdog status and mentality. He related strongly to such values and identity and adored Millwall supporters. He was fiercely loyal to all his staff, and both they and the fanbase will miss him beyond measure.
“For those who wish to pay their respects, a book of condolences, which will be shared with the Berylson family, will be opened at The Den from 11am on Wednesday July 5. Those who cannot make it in person to The Den will be able to sign an online book of condolence, which will be available on millwallfc.co.uk in due course.
“Rest in peace, John, and thank you. You were loved and adored.”