Gordon Banks, Former English Football Goalkeeper, Dead At 79 Is A Celebrity Death Hoax

Gordon Banks, a former England international football goalkeeper, dead at 79 is a celebrity death hoax. There has been no news despite one story that Banks has died. Banks made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, and won 73 caps for his country.

Where did the celebrity death hoax originate? City-herald.com published the story reporting that Banks had died at 79. You can read the celebrity death hoax below.

Former England international football goalkeeper, Gordon Banks has died. He died Wednesday afternoon at his home in Sheffield, England. He was 79.
His death was confirmed by his spouse, Ursula, who said the England World Cup-winning goalkeeper battled with kidney cancer for years. “He lost one kidney to the disease 12 years ago and was on medication with the other kidney affected,” the wife said.

However, there is no truth to the above story, according to Hoax Alert. Banks has been battling cancer for several years but there has been no articles from any legitimate news outlet reporting on his death. Additionally, the Stoke City Old Boys Association posted this to Facebook.

Banks’ Twitter account also confirmed that the football star is not dead with the following:

Here are some examples of people discussing the celebrity death hoax on social media.

Hoax Alert noted that the copy from the celebrity death hoax was taken from his Wikipedia page. According to whois.com information the site city-herald.com was only registered in May 2017.

Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, the IFFHS named Banks the second-best goalkeeper of the 20th century. He was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1972, and was named FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year on six occasions. Banks joined Chesterfield in March 1953, and played for their youth team in the 1956 FA Youth Cup final.

He played in four cup finals for the club, as they were beaten in the 1961 and 1963 FA Cup finals, before winning the League Cup in 1964 and finishing as finalists in 1965. He made one of the game’s great saves to prevent a Pelé goal in the 1970 World Cup, but was absent due to illness as England were beaten by West Germany at the quarter-final stage.

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