Charlton Athletic mourns the death of a fan who died of coronavirus at the age of 38 after following the club in all games since 1998.
Seb Lewis participated in 1,076 Addicks games in a row, until the outbreak of COVID-19 which led to the suspension of all professional football in England.
And the championship club announced on Twitter Thursday morning that their iconic follower had died of the disease, writing: “We are truly devastated to hear the death of one of Charlton’s most devoted, loyal and popular supporters, Seb Lewis, all age of only 38. ”
Just a number of days earlier, Lewis published a photo of himself in the hospital with an oxygen mask, and unfortunately he was unable to recover after falling ill.
Other Charlton tributes added: “Seb has been the heart and soul of the Charlton family and has been so proud of his success in participating in every single game, home and away since February 1998. His record stands at 1,076 consecutive games.
“Everyone’s thoughts at the club are with Seb’s family in this very difficult time. Thanks Seb for your loyalty and dedication to Charlton. The Valley and every part of the world end up and down the country, without you. Seb “.
Manager Lee Bowyer also paid tribute in a voice mail saying, “Personally, I would like to send my condolences to myself, the players and everyone on the football team to Seb’s family and friends.
“I was lucky enough to meet him on some occasions up and down the country because he was undoubtedly always there.
“We will miss him, he was the most loyal fan we had in my time in particular and to do what he did for this club and to travel and be there, regardless of the weather, where he was – it will be a great lack for us on the terraces .
“My heart goes to his family and friends and we will miss him very much.
A number of players and coaching staff have also paid their respects on Twitter. Jason Euell, Charlton U23 coach, wrote “#RIPSeb Gone but never forgotten. Once Addick, Always Addick Home & Away. #MadeInCharlton “, while left back Lewis Page said” So so sad. Rest in peace Seb. A truly fantastic character every time I met you! Thoughts go to you and your family. “
Goalkeeper Dillon Phillips, captain Jason Pearce and assistant manager Johnnie Jackson were among those to pay tribute.