Gordon Banks, England's 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper, died on Monday night at the age of 81.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight. We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him. We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time,” the Banks family said in a statement.
The former goalkeeper made 73 international appearances and is known for blocking a goal attempt by Brazil's iconic football player, Pele, at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
Banks retired at the age of 34 following an eye injury he had sustained in a road accident.