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Millwall FC Owner John Berylson Dead At 70

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John Berylson, the owner and chairman of Millwall Football Club, died in a car crash on Tuesday morning, July 4, 2023. He was 70 years old.

According to reports, the crash happened in Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Sippewissett Road. Berylson was driving a 2019 Range Rover at around 8am when he lost control of the vehicle, which rolled over into a ravine. Despite rescuers’ best attempts, Berylson succumbed to his injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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John Berylson Legacy

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John Berylson, Millwall Chairman (Photo by Daniel Hambury – PA Images via Getty Images)

John Berylson was a passionate leader and philanthropist who dedicated his life to making a difference in the world. He was born in New York City in 1953 and grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. After graduating from Harvard Business School, he went on to work in the financial industry.

In 2006, Berylson purchased Millwall Football Club, a professional soccer team in London. He quickly became a beloved figure among the club’s supporters, known for his passion and commitment to the team. Under his leadership, Millwall enjoyed a period of success, winning the Football League Trophy in 2008 and 2013.

The Millwall community honored Berylson in a statement:

“John’s sudden and tragic passing will unquestionably impact all those who were fortunate to have known him. He was a truly great man, incredibly devoted to his family, and a person of such remarkable generosity, warmth, and kindness.”

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Millwall Chairman John Berylson with the trophy after the Sky Bet League One play off final at Wembley Stadium, London. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)

The statement continued: “He lived a storied life, one full of colour and joy, and was infinitely thoughtful of others with an endless desire to share his immense knowledge and experiences to help people.”

“John reveled in the club’s underdog status and mentality,” the statement continued. “He related strongly to such values and identity and adored Millwall supporters. He was fiercely loyal to all his staff, and both they and the fan base will miss him beyond measure.”

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SOUTHEND, ENGLAND – JANUARY 04: Millwall FC chairman John G Berylson during the FA Cup Third Round match between Southend and Millwall at Roots Hall on January 4, 2014 in Southend, England. (Photo by Mark Leech/Mark Leech Sports Photography/Getty Images)

John Berylson Cause Of Death

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but it is believed that Berylson may have suffered a medical emergency while driving. The Falmouth Police Department said that the preliminary investigation into the crash revealed that Berylson was traveling south on Sippewissett Road when he lost control of the vehicle on a curve. The vehicle rolled over into a ravine and came to rest against a tree.

Berylson is survived by his wife, Amy, and three children, Jennifer, James, and Elizabeth.

A memorial service will be held at Millwall’s The Den stadium on July 11, 2023.

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