Norman Hunter dead: Leeds and England World Cup 1966 hero dies after coronavirus battle

Norman Hunter has died of coronavirus aged 76, former club Leeds have confirmed this morning. The club legend and England World Cup hero was battling the virus in hospital.

And this morning Leeds have tweeted to confirm his passing, they said: “Leeds United are devastated to learn of the passing of club legend Norman Hunter at the age of 76.”

Hunter played over 500 games for Leeds, helping them win the First Division twice in 1969 and 1974.

He was also part of England’s World Cup winning squad in 1966.

Yesterday Leeds had released a statement on Hunter’s condition, saying he remained ‘severely unwell’.

They wrote: “Norman Hunter continues to battle the COVID-19 virus in hospital and whilst he is, as expected, fighting incredibly hard, remains severely unwell.

“His family would like to take this opportunity to thank all Leeds United supporters for their amazing messages and well wishes.

“They would also like to say a huge thank you the NHS doctors and nurses who continue to do an amazing job 24 hours a day for Norman and all of those currently in their care.

“As a club, we would also like to thank our fans, the wider football community and the media for respecting the wishes of privacy from the family at this time.

“We will continue to provide regular updates in the coming days.

“Keep fighting Norman, we are all with you.”

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