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England footballer Nobby Stiles dies with dementia

Friday 30 October 2020

Nobby Stiles, one of England’s 1966 football World Cup winning players, has died at age 78, following a long battle with prostate cancer and advanced mixed dementia (Alzheimer’s and vascular). Mr Stiles is the fifth member of the winning squad to have been diagnosed with dementia and his family are now calling for the Professional Footballers' Association to "address the scandal" of dementia in the game. Previous research has shown that ex-footballers are three and a half times more likely to die of dementia than the general population. The family calls for urgent action, both to investigate this link and to ensure support for former players with dementia, and their families. Our thoughts are with Nobby Stiles’ family and friends at this difficult time.

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