English football legend Jimmy Hill passes away at 87

Dec 20, 2015, 08:53 IST | AFP

London: Jimmy Hill, one of the most influential figures in English football history, died from Alzheimer's disease on Saturday aged 87.

Jimmy Hill
Jimmy Hill 

Hill, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's for several years, played a major role in the development of football in a remarkable life that encompassed virtually every facet of the sport.

In a statement, his agent, Jane Morgan, said: "It is with great sadness that Bryony Hill and the children of Jimmy Hill announce that Jimmy passed away peacefully today aged 87 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease."

Gary Linker, who followed in Hill's footsteps as BBC presenter, led the tributes. "Deeply saddened to hear that Jimmy Hill has left us. A football man through and through who gave the game so much in so many ways," he wrote on Twitter.

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