Former Leeds United director Melvyn Levi dies aged 71

Melvyn Levi.
Melvyn Levi.
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Former Leeds United director Melvyn Levi has died at the age of 71, his family has confirmed.

Mr Levi suffered a heart attack while travelling on a ferry from Bilbao to Portsmouth earlier this month (June 2015) with his wife, Carole.

And today Mrs Levi paid moving tribute to her late husband, telling the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I never got the chance to say goodbye to him.”

She said: “He had just come back to our cabin and he said he was having difficulty breathing.

“We called the ship’s doctor and Melvyn went off to be examined.

“An hour-and-a-half later I was in the purser’s office and I was given the news that he had died.

“It was so sudden and we are just trying to pick up the pieces. He is very much missed.” The son of noted Leeds solicitor Jack Levi, larger-than-life businessman Mr Levi was part of the so-called Yorkshire Consortium that spent 10 months running United before selling the club to a Swiss-based group with Ken Bates as its UK representative in 2005.

A subsequent falling-out between Mr Levi and Mr Bates led to a number of high-profile court cases.

Mr Bates was ordered to pay £50,000 in damages in 2009 after Mr Levi made a successful claim for defamation at the High Court in London.

And, as recently as March this year, Mr Bates was told by a court to pay £6,000 in damages to Mrs Levi following allegations that she had been harassed.

Mr Levi’s funeral was attended by hundreds of mourners who had travelled from as far afield as Texas.