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RIP Big Zal.....Cup winning captain who got what playing for Hearts meant. So sad if it was MND. This awful disease has blighted so many sportsmen in the prime of life. Winning the cup would be a great tribute.

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1 minute ago, BigAlim said:

Was my idol as a young lad, BigZal used to be my name on here. Proper captain and fantastic man. 

 

Actually knocked me for six this. RIP Zal

 

This. Don’t even know what to say, feel absolutely sick. 

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SectionFJambo

Truly hope it's a hoax, Distraught if true.

Big Zal was a colossus of that difficult era for the club, forget the big money signings, big names. Zal gave everything for the club and truly was a hero for the club, maybe not here long enough to be classed as a legend but he was approaching that.

 

 

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Kalamazoo Jambo

Now also confirmed by the Lithuanian Football Federation...

 

https://lff.lt/news/11563/i-amzina-atilsi-iskeliavo-marius-zaliukas/

Translation below:

MARIUS ŽALIŪKAS HAS GOED TO ETERNAL RELIEF
Marius Žaliūkas, a long-term defender of the national team and the legendary Lithuanian footballer, went on eternal rest. The footballer was just 36 years old.
Marius Žaliūkas represented the Lithuanian national team from 2006 to 2016 and managed to score one goal. Marius inspired countless young footballers, and his contribution to Lithuanian football will never be forgotten.
During his excellent career, the player represented FBK Kaunas, Kauno Inkaro, Šilutė, Edinburgh Hearts, Glasgow Rangers, Leeds United and Vilnius Žalgiris clubs.
On behalf of the Lithuanian football community, we express our deepest condolences to Marius' family.
Farewell to the player will take place at the funeral home "Rimtis" (A. Juozapavičiaus ave. 1, Kaunas) on November 4 from 16:00. until 20:00 and on November 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The funeral will take place on November 5 at 1:30 p.m. Romainiai in 1 cemetery.

 

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magicjohnston

Devastating. Such a character and good guy. The emotion winning the cup was something else.

Hope we turn in a performance for him

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ToadKiller Dog

RIP Zal  shocked at this news .

Grew into a great player and an excellent cup winning captain.

Like many of our best  loved the club and became loved .

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Secretly enjoyed this

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Laughed myself silly at this

 

But most of all, loved him for this

 

A real man, a real Hearts captain.

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Lord Beni of Gorgie

Struggling to take it in. 2012 meant so much to him in his adopted home. 

 

Hearts cup winning captains are treasured,  RIP Big Zal

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😭 BBC reporting it now. No way, gutted. This game means nothing now. RiP Big Z! Forever in our hearts. Best captain we've had for a long time.

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