Notorious bad-boy Joey Barton has comforted a dying cancer patient who died hours after the Burnley midfielder’s visit.
Barton visited Burnley fan Harry Johnson at Pendleside Hospice in Burnley, spending 20 minutes chatting to the 72-year-old.
Harry’s family revealed that he passed away a few hours after Barton’s visit, and thanked the former Manchester City midfielder for his visit.
Harry’s wife Jackie said (via the Echo): “Joey’s words gave Harry and all of his close family a massive boost in his final hours.”
Granddaughter Chloe added: “I want to say a massive thank you to Joey Barton who had a laugh and a chat with my grandad, Joey is a top man.”
News soon reached Barton of Harry’s passing, and the 34-year-old took to Twitter to offer his condolences.
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) April 19, 2017
Barton was at the hospice during a visit organised by Burnley FC in the community, where he was joined by team-mate Jon Flanagan, who is on-loan at the Clarets from Liverpool.
The duo spent two hours at the hospice, chatting to staff and patients and signing autographs for fans.
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