Keith footballer’s family hits back at ‘internet trolls’

Colin Hendry and late wife Denise

A Keith-born former professional footballer has hit out at internet trolls who continue to haunt him over the death of his wife five years ago.

Former Rangers and Blackburn Rovers star Colin Hendry, 48, used his own Twitter account to highlight the problem, sending an image of a message he had received from someone going by the name of Liam McDonald that said “Remember when Colin Hendry’s wife snuffed it? Great times.”

Mr Hendry’s wife Denise had fought through a seven-year battle after a botched liposuction operation in April 2002. She was 43 when she died in 2009 after contracting meningitis.

The tweet had been sent from an account that has now been deleted from the social network site but Mr Hendry’s daughter, Rheagan, has hit out at the hate-filled messages that have plagued the family.

Ms Hendry launched a charity in her mother’s name to help people who suffered from clinical negligence blasted back: “This is what we deal with all the time and it’s disgusting. We just want to move on with our lives and we are always reminded about how insensitive people can be.”

Mr Hendry started his playing career in the Highland League with his local club Keith FC and also had a spell with junior side Islavale. He moved to Dundee FC in 1987 before English Premiership side Blackburn Rovers took him south.

He later moved on to Manchester City before returning to Blackburn and was subsequently the subject of a £4million transfer to Rangers. He played 51 times for Scotland.

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