Former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis has died at the age of 94, the Championship club have confirmed.

Ellis had two spells in charge at Villa Park, firstly from 1968 to 1975 and then between 1982 and 2006, rejoining shortly after Villa's European Cup win.

Villa won the League Cup three times during his reign - in 1975, 1994 and 1996 - and were runners-up in the inaugural season of the Premier League in 1992-93.

Knighted in 2012 for charitable services, Ellis is survived by second wife Heidi and his three sons. 

Former Ireland and Villa defender Paul McGrath led the tributes, tweeting: "Devastated, just heard the news about Sir Doug Ellis, absolute gentleman to me throughout my career my thoughts and prayers are with Heidi and his family."

A statement on Villa's official club website said: "Aston Villa Football Club is deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former chairman Sir Doug Ellis.

"Our president emeritus passed away this morning. There's no question that Sir Doug dedicated his life to Aston Villa.

"Our condolences go out to family and friends at this very sad time."

The club went on to confirm that a minute's silence will be held at Villa Park when the club resume Championship action against Swansea on 20 October, for what will be Dean Smith's first game as manager.

The players will also wear black armbands.