5 Jun, 2019 @ 12:22
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Andalucia grieves as Arsenal ‘invincibles’ star Jose Antonio Reyes dies in horror car crash

FORMER Arsenal winger Reyes has been laid to rest at an emotional church service in his hometown in southern Spain.

The 35-year-old died after speeding at 147mph in his Mercedes and a tyre blowout caused him to veer off a motorway outside Utrera, Sevilla on Saturday.

Jonathan Reyes, 23, the former Gunner’s cousin was also killed in the high-speed crash.

The much-loved player’s coffin was draped in a Seville FC flag and thousands watched on as the casket was carried by family and friends.

Reyes’ widow, Noelia, has paid tribute to her late husband  and told mourners the star ‘will live forever in our hearts.’

The Spaniard joined the Gunners in January 2004 and was part of the ‘Invincibles’ side that went through the 2003-04 season unbeaten, winning the Premier League.

INVINCIBLE: Reyes in his Arsenal days

He later spent a season on loan at Real Madrid in 2006-07, winning La Liga.

“We couldn’t be confirming worse news,” Sevilla FC said on Twitter when news of the incident first broke.

The La Liga club paid tribute to the ‘eternal legend’, adding he was ‘one of the most valuable home grown players in the history of the club’.

Reyes leaves behind his wife Noelia Lopez, who he married in June 2017, and three children, daughters Noelia and Triana and son Jose Antonio Jr from a previous relationship.

The winger earned 21 caps for Spain.

He was playing at Extremadura following a career that included eight years at Sevilla and spells at Atlético Madrid.

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