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Ex-Manchester Utd youth player & footie film star Bobby Power dies after cancer battle as family pay agonising tribute

TRIBUTES are pouring in for a Manchester United youth team player who tragically died after a battle with cancer.

Bobby Power, who also starred as ‘Gorgeous’ Gordon Burley in the cult 2000 football film There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble, has passed away aged 40.

Bobby Power, a former Manchester United youth team player, has died aged 40

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Bobby Power, a former Manchester United youth team player, has died aged 40Credit: MEN Media
The dad had also appeared in the film There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble

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The dad had also appeared in the film There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble
Bobby had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

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Bobby had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancerCredit: MEN Media

The dad-of-three had played for the former Manchester United youth team in the 1990s, and spent years as a personal trainer in the city.

He gained a massive online following in the years that followed by sharing his love for fitness and the outdoors.

Tributes are now pouring in for Bobby, who tragically died in February.

His middle daughter, Kaitlyn Eadsforth, said: “He was really outgoing. Literally anywhere he went, he would talk to anyone. He was like a social butterfly, in any room that he went in.

“If he wasn’t at the gym he was climbing mountains. He loved helping other people. That’s what he was all about really – helping people physically and mentally.”

The fitness lover had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after feeling unusually tired while he scaled a mountain.

Bobby was moved into Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Oldham, where his appearance dramatically changed.

His mum Estrella Barry said: “He spent the rest of his life trying to find a cure. He wanted to live for his girls. He did everything he could.

 “He thought he was going in to get strong so he could get chemotherapy in Liverpool.

“But unfortunately that’s the last place he went.”

It was at the hospice where Bobby married Jemma Power-Bliss on Valentine’s Day, in front of friends and family.

Estrella continued:  “He couldn’t walk or anything. He was like a little skeleton. It was what he wanted, but a few weeks later he died.

“He has inspired so many people because he was just such an active person.”

Bobby is survived by his daughters Loren, 20, Kaitlyn, 19, and Heidi, 12. 

A JustGiving page has been started by his pal Leigh Sarsfield, who is running a 100-mile ultramarathon to raise money for the professionals who worked to save him.

Bobby married Jemma Power-Bliss on Valentine's Day, in front of friends and family

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Bobby married Jemma Power-Bliss on Valentine’s Day, in front of friends and familyCredit: MEN Media
His mum said he had been convinced he was going to get better

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His mum said he had been convinced he was going to get betterCredit: MEN Media

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