Modern day City legend David Silva said: “My heart goes out to his family and friends at this difficult time. RIP legend.”
Micah Richards posted: “Such sad news about Colin Bell. There are legends & then there are legends who get stands named after them. Have fond memories of speaking with him in the players lounge after games & I know what an incredible player he was. One of the nicest men ever. Condolences to family.”
City superfan Liam Gallagher Tweeted soon after the announcement: “COLIN BELL RIP MCFC.”
It has since been confirmed that City will wear a commemorative shirt ahead of the Carabao Cup semi final with United, with Bell’s iconic No 8 on each.
Bell won 48 caps for England over a seven-year period, including at the 1970 World Cup, scoring nine goals.
And he also represented Bury and San Jose Earthquakes during his professional career.