My sympathies to the club and all affected. also to Glen Hoddle a very sad day for Football
Harding died in a helicopter accident in October 1996, while flying back from a Chelsea match at Bolton Wanderers, along with the pilot and three passengers, including journalist John Bauldie and Raymond Deane. The crash of the Eurocopter AS355 Écureuil 2 aircraft took place at night and in poor weather, near Middlewich, Cheshire. An investigation by the Air Accident Investigation Branch found that the pilot did not have the experience or qualifications necessary to safely pilot by instruments in such conditions.
His inheritance was to be divided according to instructions left with two executors, Mark Killick and Margaret Nugent. Their instructions were to include provision for his twin sons by his wife Ruth and for Ella, his daughter by girlfriend Vicky Jaramillo. In the will Harding, aged 42 at the time of his death, also named Jessica, Ms Jaramillo's daughter from a previous relationship. The shareholders in his former business, The Benfield Group, would also benefit. Harding organised a successful management buy-out of the company in 1988. The will was witnessed by England football coach, Glenn Hoddle and by a London taxi driver called Grant Davis.