Lancashire cricket club chairman David Hodgkiss has passed away at the age of 71 after succumbing to the coronavirus.
The esteemed official had been on the board at Old Trafford for 22 years and succeeded Michael Cairns as the chairman in April 2017.
He earlier served in various capacities for Lancashire ranging from roles such as the honorary treasurer and vice-chairman.
It is reported that Hodgkiss had underlying health concerns before contracting the virus, which has already claimed the lives of over 1,400 people in the United Kingdom.
"Further to the announcement from his family, it is with great sadness that Lancashire Cricket announces the passing of its Chairman, David Hodgkiss OBE," the club's statement read.
"David served the club with distinction over many years including holding the offices of treasurer, vice-chairman and latterly chairman. He was much loved by everyone at Lancashire Cricket Club and respected throughout the cricketing world.
"Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with his family. A further statement will be released in due course but at this time we ask that everybody respects the family's privacy."
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves also extended his deepest condolences to the Hodgkiss family.
"David was a vital part of cricket in Lancashire and was passionate about growing and developing the sport in the county," he stated.
“He played an integral role in the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford and its status as a leading international ground is a testament to his hard work and dedication.
“On behalf of everyone at the England and Wales Cricket Board, our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone at Lancashire County Cricket Club at this sad time.”