Notts - "Bwahaha, he was just about to sign another hefty cheque," Ed Miliband sobbed this afternoon on hearing the news that millionaire Labour Party donor Nigel Doughty had died suddenly at home in the gym.
The party's deputy treasurer had apparently just been working out 'with a cheque book and pen' in his Skillington, Lincolnshire home this morning when a sudden fit of 'natural causes' overcame the 54 year-old.
Fans reacted with stunned disbelief on hearing that the man who'd saved Forest from the rubbish heap with his £11 million purchase of the club in 1999 was no more.
His personal investment of some £100 million saw Forest regain its balls and climb back up the Football League Championship ladder winning the Bass Charity Vase in 2001 and 2002, the Brian Clough Trophy (2009, 2010 & 2011) and the Dallas Cup in 2002.
Tonight at Labour Party HQ the atmosphere is grim as the Herculean task of finding another big-hitter sponsor falls on Miliband's shoulders.
It's unlikely he left the party any dosh in his Last Will & Testament, which will now probably go to the wife and kids that he left behind.
Tomorrow's match against Derby (?) may now be cancelled, because of the snow.