Jack Charlton, a World Cup winner with England and former Republic of Ireland boss, and brother of Bobby Charlton has died aged 85. A hero from the 1966 world cup triumph for England, immortalised as a legend.
The former footballer and manager had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and also suffered from dementia.
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A family statement read: “Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10 at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side.
“As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Saddened to hear that Jack Charlton has passed away. World Cup winner with England, manager of probably the best ever Ireland side and a wonderfully infectious personality to boot. RIP Jack.
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“We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.
“He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people.
“His loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories.”
One of English football’s most popular characters, he was in the team that won the World Cup at Wembley in 1966, alongside his brother Bobby.
He made a record number of appearances for Leeds and achieved unprecedented success with the Republic of Ireland.