Gordon Banks dead: Legendary England World Cup winner passes away, aged 81
Banks passed away after a long illness, having been undergoing spells of chemotherapy in recent months. A statement released by his family via Stoke City confirmed: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight. Sad for football, Stoke City and for England fans. @England's World Cup winner was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man." Michael Owen also added: "Sad to hear that Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81.