Doughty's death casts doubt over Forest future: Club loaned 75m by deceased owner
Nottingham Forest's future has been thrown into doubt by the death of owner Nigel Doughty, 54.
The struggling Championship club will want to know the details of the multi-millionaire's estate after he was found dead at his home on Saturday.
The venture capitalist invested 75million in the club in loans and had given a written guarantee to pay Forest's contracts until May 2014.
Uncertain future: Forest are waiting to discover details of Doughty's estate
Doughty was found dead in his gym, but Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.
He was a lifelong Forest fan and stepped down as chairman in October after taking responsibility for the failure of former England manager Steve McClaren. He had not attended a game since.
Doughty saved Forest from administration when he bought the club for 11m in 1999 and became chairman two years later, investing almost 75m of his fortune in the club.
They won promotion back to the Championship in 2008 but have been unable to fulfil Doughty's ambition of returning them to the top flight. Instead, they are second from bottom.
'It is with enormous sadness that Nottingham Forest announce the death of the club's owner Nigel Doughty,' the club said in a statement.
Stunned: The club are still in mourning for their former owner
Labour leader Ed Miliband led the
tributes to a man who was one of the party's biggest individual donors
and led a Small Business Taskforce making recommendations to Labour late
Miliband said on Twitter: 'I am shocked and saddened to hear of Nigel Doughty's death.
'I was with him only a week ago and he was full of life, enthusiasm and vigour.
'He was a kind, generous man with a deep desire to make the world a better place. My heart goes out to his wife Lucy and his children. We will sorely miss him.'
Matt Derbyshire was one of a number of Forest players to express shock on Twitter, saying: 'Oh my God. Can't believe the sad, sad news about Nigel Doughty. My thoughts go to his family.'
Doughty leaves four children, including Michael, a midfielder with QPR on loan at Crawley.
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