British football legend Jack Charlton is dead. Among other things, the BBC reports that the Charlton family announced the death of the footballer on Saturday.
- Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10 at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumberland surrounded by his family, the family said in a statement.
Charlton was diagnosed with lymph node cancer last year. He had also been diagnosed with dementia.
Extremely popular, Charlton celebrated England’s only World Cup in the summer of 1966 alongside his brother Bobby.
- We cannot describe in words how proud we are of his special life and the joy he brought to so many people around the world. He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny, and genuine man who always had time for people, the Charlton family wrote.
Throughout his club career, Charlton represented Leeds, in whose ranks he played a record 762 competitive matches.
As a coach, Charlton is remembered especially from the end of the Northern Ireland bench. He led Northern Ireland at the 1990 World Cup until the semi-finals.
- His departure leaves a huge hole in the lives of all of us, but we are grateful for all the happy memories, the family said in a statement.