Cancer did it, as it will for many of us.
Born in Denton, Manchester, he was evacuated to Blackpool at the start of WW2, lived in one room in a guest house with his mam and his siblings, and later became a Blackpool footballer.
An attacking full back, he played with the legendary Stanley Mathews and Stan Mortensen, spending 627 games (the whole of his playing career) at Blackpool.
Unwilling to take his family away from a town he grew to love he turned down offers to play anywhere else, whether London or Manchester.
He became captain of England, end captained them 15 times.
But for a toe injury he would have played, and probably captained England’s 1966 World Cup winning team.
Now he can watch from Heaven as the 2018 England team try to emulate them.
He is probably best remembered as a BBC pundit