Slim Jim Baxter dies aged just 49

The son of Rangers and Scotland legend died of a heart attack. Steven Baxter, who followed his famous father into the licensed trade, died suddenly in hospital in the early hours of Saturday – just weeks after learning he was suffering from cancer. He was 49. His heartbroken brother Alan said well-known figures from the world of football and beyond had been in touch to pay their respects to the youngest son of one of Scotland’s greatest-ever footballers.
Alan said: “Steven had a heart scare 16 years ago but got past that, was on medication and was able to lead a normal, regular life. He was perfectly healthy until quite recently. He played golf and swam and had travelled to places like Las Vegas, Marbella and Portugal in the last year so it’s very sad.
“He was very good friends with the former Rangers player Lee McCulloch and he and pals would play golf a couple of times a week.
“He was a very popular boy and was good fun. He was really enjoying himself in the last wee while. It was very sudden.”
Steven was diagnosed with viral condition cardiomyopathy just 16 months after his dad of cancer died in 2001.
He spoke of his fears over his illness at the time, but vowed to not let it rule his life. He told our sister paper the Sunday Mail in 2002: “I think about my illness every day but I don’t let it get me down.


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