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Soccer Player Rocastle Dies at 33

March 31, 2001

LONDON (AP) _ David Rocastle, a midfielder who played on England’s national team and helped Arsenal win two league titles, died Saturday at 33.

Rocastle had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was diagnosed with the disease, which attacks the immune system, in February and underwent chemotherapy.

Arsenal and Tottenham players wore black armbands during their game Saturday. A moment of silence was observed at games at Arsenal and Chelsea.

``David joined Arsenal as an apprentice in August 1983 at the tender age of 16 and spent a very successful nine years with the club,″ Arsenal said in a statement. ``He was an inspirational midfielder.″

Rocastle also played for Chelsea, Manchester City and Leeds. His best years came at Arsenal, where his team won the league championship in 1989 and 1991. He made 14 appearances for the English national team.

He is survived by his wife, Janet, and three children.

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