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28 December 2019 12:39

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Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from birminghammail - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email The winner of one of the UK's biggest Euromillions jackpots has died after a short illness. Colin Weir and wife Chris, from Largs in North Ayrshire, Scotland, claimed the £161 million prize in July 2011. Earlier this year the pair confirmed they would divorce after 38 years of marriage. A spokeswoman for his personal lawyers told the PA news agency: "It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Colin Weir early today after a short illness. We would ask for privacy for his family and friends at this distressing time.

"No further comment will be made other than to offer sincere thanks to the staff of University Hospital Ayr for their care and compassion." (Image: PA) Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was "incredibly sad" to hear of the death. She said: "Colin's determination and generosity in the cause of Scottish independence cannot be overstated and was hugely appreciated. The SNP and the independence movement has lost a true friend today and we will miss him dearly." The 71-year-old former TV cameraman and his then-wife, a former psychiatric nurse, made the Sunday Times Rich List with their win eight years ago. News of their intention to split broke in April this year with outlets reporting it had been granted in September. Together they have two grown-up children.

Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now They also invested in Partick Thistle Football Club which led to the youth set-up being rebranded the Thistle Weir Youth Academy and a section of their Firhill Stadium being named the Colin Weir Stand. In November of this year Mr Weir secured a majority shareholding at the club and promised to give the 55 per cent shareholding directly to a fans group by March 2020. The club tweeted: "It is with deep sadness that we confirm that lifelong Jags fan Colin Weir passed away earlier today. "On behalf of everyone at Partick Thistle, our love, thoughts and prayers are with the family and close friends of Colin at this most difficult time." The Weirs also defended making a donation of £1 million to the independence campaign ahead of the 2014 referendum, and continued donating to the SNP afterwards. Their £161 million prize was the UK's biggest win until October this year, when an anonymous ticket holder claimed a £170 million jackpot. COLIN WEIR, the winner of one of the UK's biggest Euromillions jackpots, has sadly died at the age of 71 after suffering from a short illness. Mr Weir, from North Ayrshire in Scotland, had won £161 million in July of 2011 after he and his wife Chris purchased a ticket in the Euromillions jackpot draw.--Advertisement--Aged 63 at the time of his win, Mr Weir worked as a long-standing television camera operator and his wife was a psychiatric nurse. The record-breaking win made the couple the 22nd richest people in Scotland overnight and the recipient of the largest lottery prize ever won by a UK resident, with the pair also making the Sunday Times Rich List. However, despite suddenly finding themselves in the hands of a life changing sum, the Weirs spent their considerable winnings modestly and this year even confirmed that they would divorce after 38 years of marriage. Shunning an overseas holiday, it was reported that the pair went to the seaside town of Brighton in England, where they planned how they would spend their winnings. The first item Mr Weir bought was a checked sports coat similar to the one worn by his idol, Scottish television sports journalist Arthur Montford. In 2013 the couple set up The Weir Charitable Trust and made a donation to a community football club in Largs. They also invested in Partick Thistle Football Club and rebranded the Thistle Weir Youth Academy, where a section of their Firhill Stadium was subsequently named the Colin Weir Stand. In November of this year Mr Weir secured a majority shareholding at the club and promised to give the 55% shareholding directly to a fans group by March 2020. On the news of the passing, a spokeswoman for Mr Weir's personal lawyers said: "It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Colin Weir early today after a short illness. "We would ask for privacy for his family and friends at this distressing time. "No further comment will be made other than to offer sincere thanks to the staff of University Hospital Ayr for their care and compassion." Their £161 million prize was the UK's biggest win until October this year, when an anonymous ticket holder claimed a £170 million jackpot.