Leeds United legend Norman Hunter has sadly passed away at the age of 76 having contracted COVID-19.
The man known affectionately as ‘Bites Yer Legs’ for his tough tackling approach on the field, had been fighting COVID-19 in hospital having been admitted on April 10.
Hunter won two league titles with Leeds United during a 14 year career at Elland Road and was a non-playing member of the England ’66 World Cup squad.
In a statement, the club expressed their sadness at the news:
“Leeds United are devastated to learn of the passing of club icon Norman Hunter at the age of 76.
“Norman was taken to hospital last week after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and despite continuing to battle and the best efforts of NHS staff, he sadly lost his fight earlier this morning.”
They went on to talk about the legacy of the Leeds legend and the hole his passing will leave.
“He leaves a huge hole in the Leeds United family, his legacy will never be forgotten and our thoughts are with Norman’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”
This is yet another stark reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic is not to be taken lightly.
If you can, stay at home – for your own safety, for the safety of others and for our incredible NHS workers. In the meantime, The Sports Despatch family would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the Hunter family.
RIP Norman Hunter, you will be sadly missed.