Sir Bobby Charlton cause of death revealed after Man Utd icon died aged 86

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Sir Bobby Charlton's cause of death has been revealed after the Manchester United icon died at 86

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway


Published: 01/11/2023

- 13:05

Updated: 01/11/2023

- 14:42

The Red Devils have been in mourning since his death last month

Sir Bobby Charlton died after an accidental fall at a care home.

The Manchester United icon passed away at the age of 86 last month, with the club in mourning in the time since.


Charlton made 758 appearances for the Red Devils during his playing days, helping them win the European Cup in 1968 as well as three First Division titles.

And he was also part of the England squad that won the World Cup in 1966, too.

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Sir Bobby Charlton's death has left Manchester United in mourning

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Now, an inquest at Cheshire Coroner's Court heard Charlton was living in The Willows in Knutsford, a nursing home that looks after patients with dementia.

Senior coroner for Cheshire Jacqueline Devonish concluded his death was accidental.

The hearing was told Charlton had lost his balance as he stood up from his chair.

He collided with a window sill and 'possibly a radiator', too.

Staff performed a full-body check at the time and noted no visible injuries on Charlton, while also observing that his mobility seemed unaffected by his fall.

However, they later noticed swelling on his back.

Paramedics were then called to the centre, with Charlton a patient there since July.

Charlton was initially taken to a local hospital before being transferred to Macclesfield General Hospital, where he underwent a chest X-ray and CT scan.

They found he had fractured his ribs and was likely to develop pneumonia.

Doctors then agreed Charlton should be put on end-of-life care, with the football legend dying five days after the initial incident.

The inquest also heard Charlton had an extensive medical history, while he'd also contracted Covid in September.

Care home manager Tamara Simmons said the United and England legend 'needed support with all aspects of daily living' by the time of his passing.

The coroner then gave the cause of death as trauma in the lungs, a fall and dementia.

United have since confirmed a memorial service for Charlton will be held on November 13.

A club statement read: "The ceremony will celebrate and pay tribute to Sir Bobby’s incredible life as a husband, father, grandfather and, of course, as one of the finest footballers this country has ever produced.

"The procession to the Cathedral will pass by Old Trafford for a moment of reflection and provide an opportunity for fans to say a final farewell to a true Manchester United legend.

"Further details of the service and the procession will be communicated in due course.

"The family will then hold a private committal for Sir Bobby and have requested privacy around the arrangements for this."

Tributes have flooded in for Charlton ever since his death.

Fans have flocked to Old Trafford to pay their respects, draping the 'Holy Trinity' statue in red and white colours.

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More than 80,000 fans have so far signed a book of remembrance for the former player.

Among the initial mourners was David Beckham, with the United icon revealing he named after Charlton.

He said: "It all began with Sir Bobby. Sir Bobby was the reason I had the opportunity to play for Manchester United.

"I will be forever grateful to a man I was named after, someone I looked up to and was a hero to many around the world not just in Manchester and our country where he won the World Cup in 1966.

"A true gentleman, family man and truly a national hero… Today isn’t just a sad day for Manchester United & England it’s a sad day for football and everything that Sir Bobby represented.

"Our thoughts go out to Lady Norma, there (sic) daughters and grandchildren x Rest in Peace Sir Bobby. @Manchesterunited @England today our hearts are heavy."

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