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With permission from his father, Twitter account @ClaudeBanstas, writing as "Terry and Diesel", shared the sad news that Claude passed on 29 March, aged 58.
Fans on social media paid tribute to the staunch Gooner.
We can't believe we are writing this, with permission from Claude's father, it is with great sadness and a broken heart that we have to announce that our dear friend and legend Claude sadly passed away yesterday afternoon 29th March. pic.twitter.com/GULZVXxsah- CLAUDE AND THE BANSTA'S (@ClaudeBanstas) March 30, 2021
REST IN PERFECT PEACE DON CLAUDE, GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN. The Joy and laughter you brought to countless people over the years through your interviews and larger than life personality cannot be understated :heart::heart: :broken_heart::broken_heart: :cry::cry: pic.twitter.com/97fVdlkJVO- Out Of Context AFTV (@AFTVRelated) March 30, 2021
So sad hearing the passing of Claude from AFTV. Please respect his families privacy during this tough time. :pray::heart: https://t.co/8nFte5dHEL- Hotspur Edition (@HotspurEdition) March 30, 2021
Shocked and saddened to heat the passing of Claude.- The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) March 30, 2021
Our deepest sympathies go out to his family & friends.
Our collective hearts go out to you @ClaudeBanstas :heart:
What a guy.
RIP Claude, absolutely devastated by the news, a proper passionate supporter and a genuine wonderful bloke who I had the absolute pleasure of doing content with multiple times, only 9 days ago we were doing preview shows for West Ham/Arsenal.- Dom ⚒ (@DOWHU_1995) March 30, 2021
Life is too short, RIP my friend :cry: pic.twitter.com/Jb0Wj2bAvZ
This is awful. First Heavy D, now Claude. Gotta feel for AFTV man to lose two of their own within such a short space of time must have a devastating impact on everyone there :pensive: https://t.co/J1eVsPjX7P- James (@ham_ezz) March 30, 2021
A statement wrote: "We can't believe we are writing this, with permission from Claude's father, it is with great sadness and a broken heart that we have to announce that our dear friend and legend Claude sadly passed away yesterday afternoon 29th March.
"We ask that you please respect the privacy of Claude, his family and friends and be respectful at this extremely sad time.
"RIP dear friend, gone but never be forgotten. Gooner for life. Terry & Diesel."
Attending games home and away, Claude was a popular member of Arsenal fan channel 'AFTV' and was well known for his passionate rants and his "IT'S TIME TO GO!" catchphrase.
He has not been seen on the channel since July after an incident involving Spurs player Heung-Min Son saw him removed indefinitely.
Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
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