Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg – dubbed the “Hero of Munich” – has died at the age of 87.
His death was announced by the Harry Gregg Foundation on Monday morning.
“It is with great sorrow that we inform of the death of Manchester United and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg, OBE,” it said in a statement posted on Facebook.
“Harry passed away peacefully in hospital surrounded by his loving family.”
Gregg had signed for United just two months before the Munich air crash disaster in 1958 which claimed the lives of 23 people, including many of his new teammates.
He twice returned to the burning fuselage to drag team-mates and strangers to safety.
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