“A delight to share a dressing room with and have as a teammate.”
The Leyton Orient FC manager suffered a sudden heart attack on Monday, with the club confirming he passed away today.
Edinburgh, who played for Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth during his footballing career, led Leyton Orient to success in April after they were promoted to the National Football League.
He leaves behind wife Kerri and their children Charlie and Cydnie.
Gary Lineker wrote on Twitter moments after the news broke: “Deeply saddened to hear that Justin Edinburgh has passed away. He was an excellent coach and a terrific fullback who was a delight to share a dressing room with and have as a teammate. Thoughts are with his family. #RipJustin”
Leyton Orient FC wrote on its official Twitter page: “It is with profound and utmost sadness that Leyton Orient announces its manager Justin Edinburgh has passed away.”
Stan Collymore tweeted: “Shocked to the core at hearing the news of Justin Edinburgh‘s passing. Sending sincerest condolences to Justin’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Justin.”
Spurs also paid tribute, adding: “We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of Justin Edinburgh.
“Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends at this terribly difficult time as well as everyone that worked alongside Justin at Leyton Orient.”
Orient striker Macauley Bonne wrote: “There are no words to describe the loss of our gaffer, our leader & inspiration.
“First & foremost, my deepest condolences to Justin’s family. He brought us all together – we’re eternally grateful for everything you’ve done.”
Former team Portsmouth added: “RIP Justin Edinburgh. The thoughts of everyone at #Pompey are with Justin’s friends, family and all those at @leytonorientfc.”
Line of Duty actor and Orient fan Daniel Mays wrote: “Utterly shocked and saddened at the passing of our manager Justin Edinburgh. Words aren’t enough. He will be remembered as an Orient legend. Our saviour who made us believe and dream again. My deepest condolences to his loved ones and all the @leytonorientfc fans tonight.”
Fans posted pictures of the much-loved football figure, who just last weekend travelled to Madrid to watch Spurs play Liverpool in the Champions League Final.
talkSPORT’s Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams posted a photograph of the pair and added: “Devastated to hear my friend Justin Edinburgh has died at the age of 49. I’ve known Justin since his playing days at @SpursOfficialand can’t believe it was only last week I saw him. Love and thoughts to Justin’s family at this heartbreaking time. RIP my friend.”
Orient chairman Nigel Travis called Edinburgh a “wonderful, inspirational human being”.
He added: “We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy.
“All our thoughts and love are with the Edinburgh family and we know from the messages that have flooded into the club over the last week that the wider football world will share our sentiments.
“The success that Justin brought to Leyton Orient was incredible, but more importantly the impact he had on us all as a winner and a wonderful, inspirational human being will be his legacy and will stay with us forever.”
Darren Anderton, who played with Edinburgh at Spurs, tweeted: “Can’t believe it… such sad news about Justin… it’s not fair. One of the greatest guys you could ever wish to meet.
“When you were around him, you just laughed and smiled constantly. RIP mate.”
Dean Austin, who also played with Edinburgh, wrote online: “I’m numb, so sad to hear about my friend #JustinEdinburgh we played together 29 years ago @SUFCRootsHall gaining promotion from L2. Then 6 years at @SpursOfficial my thoughts at this time are with Kerry and the kids and the family. Rest in peace my friend #RIPJustin”
The hashtag #RIPJustin is currently trending across the UK.