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John Nuttall, former long-distance runner and coach has passed away suddenly at age 56 from a heart attack.

Liz McColgan-Nuttall, the 1991 10,000-metre world champion, said he died on Thursday and he was a “much-loved dad, son, brother and husband.”

Liz McColgan-Nuttall is the mother of Eilish McColgan. She is the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion and holder of five national records.

John Nuttall is the 5000m Commonwealth bronze medallist from 1994. He also competed for Great Britain at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

“For those that loved John our hearts are breaking,” McColgan wrote.

His daughter Hannah Nuttall, a British middle-distance athlete who has represented the UK in the 3000m distance, posted, “I cannot believe that this day has come so soon and unexpected and that you are no longer with us, my heart is completely broken.

She said her father’s ability to “help others and provide guidance was like no other.”

Eilish McColgan wrote, “It’s hard to find the words right now. Our family suffered a huge loss yesterday with the sudden passing of my stepfather John.

“We’ve spent the last six weeks here in Doha, with my mum and John, and so his passing has been a huge shock. We are still trying to process it.

“There is such a huge outpouring of love from both Doha and everyone back home in the UK. It just reinforces how many people thought so highly of him. He will be missed by us all.”

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