Wigan fans observe minute's applause for deceased pet duck called Keith 9 months ago

Wigan fans observe minute's applause for deceased pet duck called Keith

RIP Keith the duck

Wigan fans observed a minute's applause for a fan's recently deceased pet duck, Keith, after confusion on social media.

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Keith's passing was mentioned on Wigan fan Facebook groups, prompting messages of condolence to those close to him. Understandably, many assumed Keith was a match-going fan, namely Keith Valentine, who is currently living with lung cancer.

But it then transpired that the Keith who had passed was actually a pet duck.

One Wigan fan took it upon himself to apologise for any offence caused by the confusion on social media, tweeting "Oh my fucking God. I am truly sorry. There has been crossed wires. A friend said Keith was dead I assumed it was Keith Valentine, it was Daryl's pet duck also called Keith. I am highly embarrassed, I hope this hasn't caused any offence. Sorry again."

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Thankfully, the man who many believed had passed, took the confusion well and even thanked everyone who had expressed their condolences.

Keith Valentine wrote on Facebook: "I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone for all your messages of sympathy and condolences, it's nice to know just how much you all miss me.

"But I can reassure you that I've not popped my clogs just yet and my fight against lung cancer continues."

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Showing his brilliant sense of humour, he continued: "I must be the first person in history to get their messages of sympathy before I've even died.

"I blame Daryl, only he could have a pet duck named Keith."

Daryl Ravden, the owner of the recently deceased duck, posted this photo on Twitter, saying: "Always had a smile on his face our Keith. Gunna miss him."

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But Wigan Athletic made sure to pay their respects to the duck anyway, as fans clapped for a minute before their game against Portsmouth kicked off.

Wigan won the game 1-0. A fitting tribute to Keith.

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