Former Sky Sports pundit Gordon McQueen dies aged 70

Gordon McQueen has died.

The former Manchester United and Leeds United defender was 70 years old.

Gordon, who was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2021, played 30 times for Scotland and won the league and FA Cup during his football career.

After his playing career, Gordon spent years as a football pundit on Sky Sports, including as a panellist on Soccer Saturday.

A statement on behalf of the McQueen family says: “It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather.

“We hope that as well as creating many great football memories for club and his country, he will be remembered for the love, laughter and bravery that characterised his career and his family life – not least during his recent battles with ill health.

“Our house was always a constant buzz of friends, family and football and this constant support sustained him as he fought bravely against the cruel impact of dementia.

“The disease may have taken him too soon and while we struggle to comprehend life without him, we celebrate a man who lived life to the full: the ultimate entertainer, the life and soul of every occasion, the heart and soul of every dressing room, the most fun dad, husband and papa we could ever have wished for.

“The family would like to express our huge thanks to the wonderful staff at Herriot Hospice Homecare for their outstanding care; the utterly incredible Marie Curie team who were there with us all until the end with; and Head for Change for the emotional support and respite care.

“Finally, to our wonderful friends and family who a constant source of support we send our utmost love and gratitude.

“You will remain in our hearts always, Yvonne, Hayley, Anna, Eddie, Rudi, Etta and Ayla.”

His daughter Hayley McQueen, who is a presenter at Sky Sports, thanked Sky “who have been incredible throughout this and for all the time off and support they’ve given me this last year or so.”

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