Claude Callegari, an avid Arsenal supporter, left an indelible mark on the football community with his passion, dedication, and unwavering loyalty to the North London club.
Known for his outspoken nature and his presence on Arsenal Fan TV, Claude became a recognizable figure among fans.
However, his sudden passing in 2021 left the football world in shock and mourning. In this article, we reflect on the life of Claude Callegari and the impact he had on the Arsenal fanbase.
Who was Claude Callegari?
Claude was a football YouTube channel, AFTV contributor, and Arsenal fan from England. He made his debut in 2012 before becoming a regular until 2020. Born on October 19, 1962, his real name was Claudio Luciano Ricardo Callegari.
Callegari worked as a cab driver and had a daughter outside of AFTV. “We are devastated today to learn of the death of Claude Callegari, one of the channel's most popular contributors,” AFTV said in a statement.
“Claude was a much-loved figure on the channel during his time there, and his passion for Arsenal allowed him to connect with fans from all over the world on a meaningful level.”
“We had continued to privately support Claude during his time away from the channel during the pandemic, and the news of his passing comes as a deep shock to everyone at AFTV and in the wider Arsenal community.”
How Did Claude Callegari Die?
He passed away on March 29, 2021. The Gunners' fan favorite died today at the age of 58, prompting followers to pay their respects.
Although it is unknown how Callegari died, he died two days after writing: “No one is forcing you to watch it don't worry,,, I will disappear soon to see my mother then you can all be happy.”
“We can't believe we're writing this, with permission from Claude's father,” fellow Arsenal supporters Terry and Diesel wrote in a message.
“It is with great sadness and a broken heart that we must announce the passing of our dear friend and legend Claude yesterday afternoon, March 29th.”
“We respectfully request that you respect the privacy of Claude, his family, and friends at this extremely difficult time.”
“RIP, dear friend; you will be missed but never forgotten.” “I'm a gooner for life.” Arsenal Fan TV broadcaster Robbie Lyle also published a video paying respect called ‘RIP Claude Callegari | Father, Grandfather, Friend, And A Proud Arsenal Fan'.
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“I remember about six weeks ago, a few people were ringing me up telling me he was having some issues, so I rang him up,” Robbie explained. “‘Claude, what's going on?'” I've heard there are some problems. ‘No, no, Robbie, I'm fine,' he responded. It was the anniversary of his mother's death, and he was missing her.
“He had a golden heart, and I have nothing but love for him.” We've lost a genuine guy, a huge Arsenal supporter, and I'd love for Arsenal to do something for him when football returns. “I'm absolutely devastated.”