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Former Manchester United and Scottish defender Gordon McQueen have been diagnosed with vascular dementia, his family said Tuesday.
At the age of 68, he started his career in St Mirren in Scotland and joined Leeds United. At Leeds United, he moved to Old Trafford, where he won the top flight in English before winning the FA Cup.
McQueen coached after cutting his boots and later became a television expert on Sky Sports.
McQueen was diagnosed with vascular dementia in January, according to a statement released by his wife Yvonne, daughters Haley and Anna, and son Edward to the British press.
They said McQueen had no regrets about his career and “lived his life perfectly.”
The statement added: “But he wants other footballers of today’s generation to know that the sustained heading of the ball may be at risk.
“Dad scored some important goals in his career and memorable headers, but returned to training and aimed the ball at the goalkeeper to practice again and again.
“His symptoms appeared in his mid-60s, so I wonder if this was the cause of his dementia.”
McQueen’s Leeds teammate Jack Charlton died of dementia last year, and it was recently confirmed that the great British Bobby Charlton was diagnosed with dementia.
The brother’s 1966 World Cup winner Nobby Stiles died of dementia last year.
The Football Association is currently supporting two independent research studies investigating former professional athletes for early signs of neurocognitive degeneration.
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Former Manchester United defender Gordon McQueen diagnosed with dementia
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