Arsenal director Fiszman, 66, passes away

Arsenal director Fiszman, 66, passes away

Published Apr. 13, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Arsenal FC have announced the death of Danny Fiszman, a shareholder and director at the club. The 66-year-old businessman died Wednesday at his home in Switzerland, succumbing to a long fight with throat cancer.

The passing was announced in a statement on Arsenal's website.

Fiszman had been a member of the club's Board of Directors since 1992 and was integral in Arsenal's 2006 move from Arsenal Stadium in Highbury to Emirates Stadium.

Three days ago, Fiszman had agreed to sell his shares in the club to fellow-shareholder Stan Kroenke, a decision in-part motivated by deteriorating health.


Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood, in annoucing Fiszman's passing, called Fiszman's contributions of the club "invaluable."

“Danny Fiszman was a visionary Director, a gentleman and a true Arsenal fan.

“We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Danny. His voice, wisdom and presence around the football club he so dearly loved will be sorely missed.

“Arsenal Football Club will forever be indebted to Danny for his invaluable foresight and contribution during the move from Highbury to our new stadium.

“Our thoughts at this time are with Danny’s wife Sally, family and friends. We have lost a much loved husband, father, grandfather and friend.”