Billy McNeill: Celtic legend and ‘Lisbon Lions’ captain dies, aged 79

A statement from McNeill’s family confirmed the former defender, who has been suffering with dementia for a number of years, passed away on Monday night.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father Billy McNeill,” the statement read. “He passed away late last night (Monday, April 22) surrounded by his family and loved ones. He suffered from Dementia for a number of years and fought bravely to the end, showing the strength and fortitude he always has done throughout his life.

“We would also like to note our love and appreciation to our mother, Liz, for the care, devotion and love she gave to our father throughout his illness. No one could have done any more.

“Whilst this is a very sad time for all the family and we know our privacy will be respected, our father always made time for the supporters so please tell his stories, sing his songs and help us celebrate his life.”

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