Footballer Ray Wilson dies aged 83

Ex-World Cup ’66 team member Ray Wilson has passed away aged 83, after living with Alzheimer’s disease for 14 years.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, says:

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Ray Wilson following his long battle with Alzheimer's and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

“Ray was a true advocate of raising greater awareness of dementia and inspiring others to take action, and we cannot thank him enough for his support. We were lucky enough to work with Ray and his family when he fronted our Team Dementia Friends campaign in a bid to make all football clubs dementia friendly, meaning people affected could continue to enjoy the sport.

“His two 1966 World Cup teammates, Gordon Banks and Sir Geoff Hurst, also fronted an emotive and touching campaign for us last year driving others to support investment into research, in honour of their much-valued friend.

“Dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer, and the need for action on dementia has never been greater. As the only leading cause of death that we can’t cure, prevent or slow down, it is imperative that we all unite against dementia and take action like Ray did. 

"Alzheimer’s Society is here to help provide information and support to those affected and anyone who is worried.”

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