George Cohen (1939-2022) is no more with us. The England 1966 world champion is survived by his wife, kids, and grandkids.
Cohen, who played as a right-back, helped the England national team to win the 1996 World Cup.
At the club level, Cohen spent his entire professional career with Fulham.
In a 13-year playing career at the English club, he made 459 appearances and scored six goals.
He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame. He later coached the Fulham youth team and the England u-23 youth team and managed non-league Tonbridge FC.
Cohen was deemed one of the few “greatest one-trophy wonders,” winning the only World Cup for him and the Three Lions.
George Cohen Death Cause And Obituary: How Did England 1966 World Champion Die?
George Cohen, 1966 World Cup winner with England, has passed away. The exact cause of his death is unknown.
Born on October 22, 1939, Cohen was 83 when he breathed his last.
He had Bowel Cancer in the past, but it was already cured around 1990.
Likewise, he was an avid campaigner for research into dementia after a study showed its adverse impacts on ex-players.
In 2017, Cohen said he would donate his brain for scientific research upon his death.
His former club Fulham, which announced his death, said, “Everyone at Fulham FC is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our greatest-ever players.”
“All of our thoughts are with Daphne, his beloved wife of over 60 years, sons Anthony and Andrew, his grandchildren and extended family, and George’s many, many friends,” they continued.
Likewise, Sir Geoff Hurst, one of the two surviving staring XI players of the final (along with Sir Bobby Charlton), tweeted, “Very sad to hear my friend and England teammate has died.”
He described Cohen as “a lovely man” and said his heartfelt thoughts were with George’s wife, Daphne, and his family.
Cohen, a critical player for England, featured in every game of England’s victorious 1966 World Cup Campaign.
He was awarded the MBE in 2000, along with four other players from the 1966 side, following a belated media Campaign to recognize their achievement.
Tributes have flooded in on social media and beyond following the football star’s death.
Colleagues, players, and other football personalities like Alan Mullery, Gary Lineker, Frank Lampard, Marco Silva, Debbie Hewitt, etc., have joined in paying their respects.
George Cohen Family Background Details
George Reginald Cohen was born in Kensington, London, United Kingdom.
More specifically, he was born in Cassidy Road of Fulham just after the outbreak of World War II.
Due to his London origins, half of his family supported Fulham, while the other half rooted for nearby Chelsea.
His surname ‘Cohen’ was inherited from his Jewish great-grandfather. He grew up in the Church of England.
Cohen leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Daphne (m. 1962), his sons Anthony and Andrew, his grandkids, and extended family.
Ben Cohen, former rugby union player and 2003 Rugby World Cup winner with England, was his nephew.
Cohen was a one-club man who joined his local football club Fulham at a young age. He went on to play there for 459 appearances; only five other players have made more appearances for the club.
His primary attributes were his speed and strength. However, a knee injury cut his career short just before his 30th birthday.
Geoff Hurst and Bobby Charlton are the only surviving members of the first 11 from the historic Wembley final.
Cohen was vice-captain and right back when England beat West Germany 4-2 to win their one and only World Cup to date.