Former Blackpool manager star Colin Hendry has blasted a ‘vile’ Twitter user who joked about his wife’s death.
The former central defender was sent the message by a Celtic fan.
The message, from a Twitter account in the name of Liam McDonald, said: “Remember when Colin Hendry’s wife snuffed it? Great times.”
The former Scottish captain, who lives in Ansdell, responded on his own Twitter account and posting a picture of the tweet with the message: “This is the vile world we live in.”
The tweet, which was sent at 11.33pm on Tuesday, was deleted, and later the account itself also appeared to have been removed.
The Hendry family say they have reported the incident to Scottish police.
Mr Hendry’s wife, Denise, died in 2009, seven years after undergoing a botched liposuction operation.
The 43-year-old underwent 20 operations after the routine treatment. She died after picking up an infection following a corrective operation after being on life support for weeks.
Mr Hendry’s daughter Rheagan launched the charity The Denise Hendry Foundation to help people suffering from clinical negligence in her mum’s memory.
Speaking on behalf of her dad, she said: “This is what we deal with all the time and it is disgusting.
“This is not just Colin Hendry, it is a mum and a daughter. We just want to move on with our lives and we are always reminded about how insensitive people can be.
“This is a totally random act of stupidity, but it is not the first time something like this has happened.
“People should not take social media lightly.”