QUEENS Park Rangers has paid tribute to a much-loved poet and fan killed by coronavirus.
Dean McKee, 28, died after an “eight-day battle” with the deadly bug, his devastated family has confirmed.
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Mr McKee wrote a poem called ‘Born Blue and White’ that was played before home games at Loftus Park.
The Championship club wrote on Twitter: “It is with huge sadness the club has learned of the untimely passing of Dean McKee.
“A lifelong fan, Dean’s original piece ‘Born Blue & White’ will continue to be played before all #QPR home games.
“Our thoughts are with his family. RIP Dean”.
'TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF EVERYONE'
Mr McKee’s brother Richard said he “touched the hearts of everyone”.
In a Twitter tribute, Richard wrote: “My Brother and Uncle Dean Mckee to my 2 sons in this picture passed away with 8 day battle with this Virus Age 28.
“#stayhomesavelives [sic] never been more important god bless you brother, you touched hearts of everyone you knew xxxx”
God bless you brother, you touched hearts of everyone you knew xxxx
Tributes to Dean from QPR fans and supporters of other clubs have flooded onto social media with many praising his poems.
Referencing Born Blue & White, one fan wrote: “Very sad news. For any who haven’t seen it before this is his great work and what makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up before each home game.”
Another said: “Heartbreaking news about the man who made every QPR fans heart swell with pride. RIP Dean”.
One man who said he was a pal of Mr McKee’s wrote: “Dean was a good friend and I will miss him terribly. I will remember you every time the Super Hoops play. RIP Dean”.
Britain's death toll from coronavirus has soared to 5,418 with 51,608 Brits contracting the disease.