Crystal Palace have confirmed the death of former owner Ron Noades.
The 76-year-old lost his battle with lung cancer in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
"The thoughts and deepest sympathies of everyone at Crystal Palace Football Club are with his wife Novello and their family at this very sad time," the club said in a statement.
Noades took over at Selhurst Park in 1981 and left 17 years later.
In the years inbetween the club enjoyed one of its most successful periods, including promotion to the old First Division in 1989 and an FA Cup final appearance in 1990.
In 1991 the Eagles finished third in the top flight and also won the Zenith Data Systems Cup.
Noades stepped into the dugout in 1998 in a bid to prevent Palace's relegation, before leaving the club in the summer and buying Brentford.
He installed himself as the chairman and manager, winning promotion from the old Division Three at the first attempt.
Resignation followed in 2000 and he sold the club in 2006 and Brentford added on their official site: "The club's condolences go to his family and friends at this time."
Former Palace and England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn tweeted: "Sad to hear my old Crystal Palace chairman Ron Noades has passed away, lovely man who cared deeply for the club."
Chief executive of the Premier League Richard Scudamore added: "I am sure I speak for everyone involved with the Premier League, past and present, when I express our sadness at hearing of the passing of Ron Noades after his brave fight against lung cancer.
"Success has many fathers, but Ron's role in the history the Premier League was fundamental to its formation and the foundations of what it has become today.
"Our sympathy and best wishes are with his family."