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Miley Cyrus Mourns The Tragic Death Of Her ‘Angel’ Dog Mary Jane: She ‘Was More Than A Friend’

Miley Cyrus posted a sweet tribute to the pit bull mix she adopted years ago with ex Liam Hemsworth, revealing the dog suffered from cancer.

Miley Cyrus, 28, is mourning the loss of her sweet dog Mary Jane. The 10-year-old pit bull mix sadly had to be put down after battling cancer for over a year. “Anyone who knows me & it doesn’t have to be well is aware that my best friend in the whole world is a rescued pit bull mix named Mary Jane,” Miley began her emotional tribute to her furry friend on Thursday, Jan. 7.

Miley Cyrus pays tribute to her dog Mary Jane who passed away on Jan. 7. (Instagram)

The Hannah Montana alum went on to detail Mary Jane’s health struggles. “MJ was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago …. & since then multiple types and tumors,” she explained. “I was told it’d be an uncertain amount of time until she’s gone. Advised to spend every second savoring her special spirit… which wasn’t anything new. I had been for 10 years,” she added. Miley originally adopted the adorable black and white dog with ex-husband (but then boyfriend) Liam Hemsworth back in 2012.

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is seen walking her dog. (SplashNews)

Miley also shared a powerful message about love and loss with her millions of followers. “In life it is easy to take things for granted. To let little miracles pass you by without moments of gratitude. To be oblivious when the rays of heaven shine down onto you,” she penned in the lengthy note. “But when it came to my ANGEL mary Jane… never once did I forget the gift I had been given. She made it impossible to. She was a dog with wings in a way,” she added.

The Plastic Hearts singer has long been a dog lover, adopting beagle Barbie, chihuahua mix Bean, sheepdog Emu and Rottweiler mix Happy over the years. The star shared a particularly special bond with Mary Jane — named for Miley’s love of marijuana — even getting a tattoo of the pup on her arm. Miley went on, “This time it was my duty to return all her favors and keep her comfortable, happy, & free of any pain for as long as possible… She has always done that for me. She is no longer hurting but I am. That’s what love is.” She and ex-boyfriend Cody Simpson, 23, also adopted pup Bo in quarantine.

Most recently, she wrote a song for the dog called “Mary Jane” which was released on Dec. 11. The 28-year-old reposted the song along with a sweet video montage dedicate to her “angel” dog. “Mary Jane passed with grace, dignity, peace & power. She lived by the golden rule of kindness and compassion towards all. She was strong when she needed to be but never for to [sic] long. She would never let her soul close. She lived so open. To love and be loved. If only we were all more like Mary Jane,” Miley concluded.

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Ferguson opens up on family scare as he reflects on tragic Ibrox disaster

Sir Alex Ferguson and Walter Smith will quietly pay their respects to the victims of the Ibrox Disaster today on the 50th anniversary and continue to feel fortunate that their lives were not devastated by it.

Smith and his brother Ian were caught up in the disastrous crush on Stairway 13 at the end of the traditional New Year Old Firm clash on January 2, 1971– but somehow managed to escape.

Ferguson and his family feared they had lost his brother Martin when he failed to return home having watched the match from the Copland Road terracing – only to be reunited after an agonising wait.

It’s a numbing day that is forever etched into their memories.

Smith said: “I wasn’t playing for Dundee United so my brother Ian and I got the local supporters’ bus to the game.

Walter Smith was also at the match at Ibrox on the fateful day of the tragedy

“Being from the East End, Stairway 13 was the one we always used when we went to Ibrox.

“When we were leaving the game, we got caught on the staircase but we were fortunate that we were not in the area where most of the people were killed.

“In these days you were used to the squashing and the hustle and bustle of trying to get away from games.

“It wasn’t unusual to completely stop, but this was different as we were pushed to the side and it was a scramble out over the top of the fencing.

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“The crowd sort of just came to a standstill. I can remember near me the crowd collapsed to the side but still I can’t remember ever feeling in any sort of danger.

“Ian and I were about a third of the way down. I think the majority of the people who died were further down the stairs, around the bottom third.

“So, when we found out later what had happened, we realised how lucky we’d been.

“We must have jumped over the fence somehow – I remember so many others doing the same.

Players of Rangers and Celtic commemorating the 1971 disaster three years ago
Players of Rangers and Celtic commemorating the 1971 disaster three years ago

“It was only when we got back to Carmyle we realised the magnitude of the problem because there were so many people waiting for us.

“It’s a vivid memory when it comes to the New Year games and we all remember the sadness of it.”

Ferguson, who had left Rangers 15 months before, rushed to catch the derby action when he had an unexpected day off.

He said: “Our game on the 2nd with Airdrie was called off so I dashed to Ibrox with Andy Roxburgh, who was my fellow centre forward at Falkirk.

A plaque at Ibrox paying respects to those who lost their life in the disaster
A plaque at Ibrox paying respects to those who lost their life in the disaster

“I saw Old Bob the commissionaire who managed to get me a couple of tickets.

“We were thinking about leaving near the end when Jimmy Johnstone scored and then Colin Stein equalised.

“As soon as that happened, we dashed out to get to the car park. Andy lived in Ralston so I dropped him off.

“Then I came back down past the Southern General Hospital towards the Clydeside and I saw all the ambulances going in.

“I thought to myself ‘Christ, there must have been some fighting’.

“Then when I got home my mother and father were so worried because my brother Martin hadn’t come back and he was there in that area of the ground.

“It turned out he had left early and had gone to the Rolls Royce Club and didn’t know anything about it. It was such a terrible day.”

Dundee United, and Smith, were the first visitors to return to Ibrox on January 16.

Smith said: “I can’t remember too much about the game but as you can imagine the atmosphere was so subdued and quiet.

“Looking back, it was just a disastrous day for everyone. We were the lucky ones.”

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George Michael’s heartbreaking last words to his fans before tragic death

George Michael’s Christmas Day death aged just 53 sent shockwaves across the world.

Now, four years to the day that the Wham! star passed away, his poignant last words to his fans are being remembered once more.

Back on 17 October 2012, Michael was in great form as he belted out his greatest hits to an adoring audience at a packed London’s Earls Court.

The cheering crowd yelled for more as the polished performance came to an end, with Michael telling them: “Thank you London, I love you. See you soon.”

George died on Christmas Day in 2016

He was 53

Yet despite the singer’s plans, the show would ultimately be the legendary performer’s last live gig.

“You have made the last night f*****g perfect,” saluted Michael, after the Earl’s Court show.

“It has truly been a privilege to play with these musicians for the last year and we want to say a big thank you to you all.

“London, I love you so much. Sorry for making you wait to hear that; I hope it’s been worth the wait. Take care of yourselves.”

George is sadly missed by his fans and loved ones

When he spoke, Michael was scheduled to take his 75 date Sympohinca tour to Australia following packed-out concerts in Europe and London.

But those proposed gigs were cancelled and the former Wham! frontman, who sold more than 80 million records worldwide, went on to struggle badly with his health in the years leading up to his death.

Michael suffered from a series of medical problems throughout his life and, in 2011, he was put into a temporary coma having contracted pneumonia.

He underwent an emergency tracheotomy operation to help him breath, with the serious concern that he not be able to ever sing again.

George had an incredible life

Then in May 2014 the singer suffered a “mystery collapse” at his home according to his then publicist and was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment.

The 999 emergency was just one of many dramas during a colourful career spanning more than four decades.

But to his fans and his many friends in the music industry and across the world, Michael will be most fondly be remembered for his music, his artistic flair, charismatic personality and his generous charitable acts.

Fellow rock legend Elton John, one of Michael’s good friends, was shell-shocked by the singer’s death.

His fans were devastated when he died

And at the time of Michael’s passing during the festive period, John posted on Twitter : “I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist.”

Michael died peacefully at his home in Goring-on Thames, Oxfordshire just before 2pm on Christmas Day.

And it wasn’t long before glowing tributes flooded in from around the world for the well-loved music icon.

He rose to fame as part of the 1980s pop group Wham!, whose top hits include Last Christmas, Wake Me Up….Before Yo Go Go and Club Tropicana.

He then went on to become a renowned solo artist in his own right, with his debut album Faith selling more than 20 million copies worldwide.

He racked up seven number one singles in the UK

He achieved an impressive seven number one singles in the UK and eight number ones in the US.

His seemingly smooth transition to admired singer/songwriter captured the imagination of fans young and old.

Timeless ballads like Careless Whisper helped catapult him to worldwide super stardom in 1987, seeing the star mixing with celebrities and royalty during a distinguished career.

Michael won four Ivor Novello awards, two Grammys and three Brits – and heartbroken fans flooded to social media to express their grief at the time of his passing.

It’s expected many will do the same again this year to honour their hero on the fourth anniversary of his sad death.

One fan at the time of Michael’s death said on Twitter: “This really was his last Christmas. RIP George Michael.”

Another added: “Whole new meaning to his last Christmas song. So sad.”

One adoring fan reflected: “Gutted to hear George has passed away. RIP.”

And the tributes have kept pouring in from across the world with fans making sure he will not be forgotten, as well as many charities who Michael supported.

Messages and candles outside George’s home

The Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s leading HIV and Sexual Health charity, released a statement last year which read: “It’s 3 years since the world lost this musical giant. George was an amazing friend to us, raising money and helping to change the way people see HIV.

“Today we’re listening to George’s music and celebrating his incredible legacy. Gone but never forgotten.”

Fitting words for one of the world most-loved music stars.

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Twilight star Kellan Lutz expecting baby girl with wife after tragic miscarriage

Twilight star Kellan Lutz has announced he’s expecting a baby girl with wife Brittany Gonzales.

The sweet couple are set to welcome their first child in 2021 after revealing they suffered a miscarriage earlier this year.

The actor and his wife happily shared the pregnancy news in September, but have now told the gender of their baby with a heartwarming post.

Kellan, 35, is said to have “wrote and directed” the cute video clip where Brittany lifts up her “girl mama” jumper to reveal her huge baby bump.

“WE LOVE YOU MORE THAN YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” the actress penned.

Kellan Lutz and his wife happily shared the pregnancy news in September

The doting dad-to-be emerges from behind a vase of flowers as he films his wife from across the kitchen worktop.

He asks his wife what was written on her sweatshirt as she was hiding behind the beautiful bouquet.

“Just that we’re having a girl!” Brittany squealed as Kellan showed off her printed sweatshirt in full.

They are expecting a baby girl

The gorgeous husband and wife were overjoyed as they gushed over being excited to meet their bundle of joy.

He told her: “Let me see that bump,” as she showed off her stomach, before he added: “You are beautiful.”

It’s a wonderful time for the parents-to-be after they lost their first child back in February.

Brittany showed off her growing bump

They tragically lost a baby six months into Brittany’s pregnancy.

But they carried on with their lives and were left touched by the incredible baby news which they publicly announced in September.

“We’re pregnant again! This is real life… For those that don’t know, we are pregnant,” Kellan revealed on Instagram.

“Thank you all for lining with us, praying for us, supporting us. We’re so excited.”

Kellan and his beautiful wife

Brittany added: “It was a surprise. You know, obviously it was a surprise losing our daughter at the beginning of the year. That was tough, and still is. There still are hard moments.

“We definitely went through a lot, and I still would like to share my journey in some way that I can in the future. Here we are with another little promise!”

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Chrissy Teigen in ‘transformative period’ as she grieves her baby’s tragic death

Chrissy Teigen says she’s currently in a “transformative period” in her life after tragically losing her unborn son.

The former model, 35, and husband John Legend, 41, revealed in an emotional statement in October that the pair had lost their son Jack.

And even though they’re still navigating their way through the tragedy, Chrissy admits she’s finally starting to remember joy.

After receiving flowers from friends on her 35th birthday, Chrissy said: “I’m just sitting at my office, listening to music and so, so content and happy…thinking.

“I received these birthday flowers a week ago and I don’t know if she knows how much the beauty of these, looking at these every day, spiralled into thinking about how transformative a period it was, the days surrounding 35.”

Chrissy and John lost their unborn son Jack last month

She went on: “I woke up. The intense grief and physical pain was gone. My brain was back and my bonessssss, I’m telling you, my bones came back.

“I will never forget this period in time and these flowers, I want to make them forever remembered as puuuuuure joy and love I want to just…share.

“It has to be made into something, something. A cuff where every time I reach for something I can remember joy.”

Chrissy shared her grief with fans after the tragedy

She added: “To remember this joy and all the…the crazy. I dunno. A vibe. Also I am not high!! I am sober. Just thinking. Lol. Love you guys.”

Last month, Chrissy and John opened up about the “emptiness” they felt as they grieved for their son.

Appearing on Good Morning America, John revealed that he was initially “worried” about sharing the intimate pictures with the world, however now thinks it’s a way for the pair to carry on Jack’s memory.

John recently described the ’emptiness’ they felt after the tragedy

John said: “[Chrissy] felt like really, that one of the ways we would carry on Jack’s memory was taking pictures of that moment. I was worried, I was like, ‘I don’t want to like commemorate this pain’.

“But the crazy thing about having a miscarriage, is you don’t walk away with anything you have this emptiness.

“And we wanted to take the photos so that we had something to remember.”

Chrissy opened up about the grief she went through, admitting: “I definitely give myself permission to feel complete and utter grief.”

The pair are proud parents to daughter Luna and son Miles

Chrissy added: “Every day is so different, so when people ask me how I’m doing, I always say, ‘I’m okay, today’.”

She added: “Obviously it’s so painful to go through something like this, as a woman – something that was inside your body that you were nurturing and taking care of.”

The pair admitted that although they were forced to go through the most painful days of their life, their daughter Luna, four, and son Miles, two, have helped them come out a stronger family.

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Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips opens up about father’s tragic death from cancer

Shaughna Phillips has opened up about her father’s death from cancer and how his diagnosis “completely changed” her life.

The 25-year-old former Love Island star has spoken out as she revealed that she will be taking part in ITV’s The Real Full Monty On Ice.

The reality star lost her father to cancer in December 2016 and she now wants to help others who find themselves in the position that she was in.

Shaughna said she felt isolated from her friends during her father’s illness and this is something that she wants to highlight.

She said: “I lost my dad in December 2016. He had cancer for 18 months and it completely changed my life and my perspective of what I thought was important.

“When my dad was ill, I felt like no-one had any idea what I was going through, even my close friends.”

Shaughna Phillips wants to raise awareness of different types of cancer

She continued: “So, if anyone watching this is going through what I’ve been through losing him and can then feel like they’re not alone, I’d be so happy to be able to do that.”

Former Woman’s Hour presenter Dame Jenni Murray, actress and model Linda Lusardi, soap star Jamie Lomas and fellow Love Islander Chris Hughes are also taking part in the show.

The programme will see the participants strip off and perform an ice skating routine in an effort to increase awareness about cancer.

Shaughna Phillips has spoken about how her father’s cancer diagnosis changed her life

Explaining her reasons for joining the show, Shaughna said: “I’ve been watching the series since it’s been on telly and it’s one of those programmes that you know is going to get you but you can’t not watch it.

“It’s got everything – it’s funny but also terribly important. Now more so than ever.

“What I wanted to do when I came out of Love Island was to use that platform and that opportunity to try and make a difference.

Shaughna added: “Cancer has affected me personally so this was the perfect show for me to raise awareness.

“All we speak about at the moment is ( coronavirus ) but cancer hasn’t stopped – even though lots of screenings have, which is so sad.”

Shaughna Phillips and her late father

She pointed at the coronavirus pandemic for a reason why more people have died from the disease as the focus has been on treating people suffering with Covid-19.

Shaughna continued: “The amount of people that could lose their lives now because (coronavirus) has stopped them going to the doctor or getting an early cancer diagnosis is horrendous.

“Anything that I can do to try and change that I would do every single day if I could.”

Professional skaters from Dancing On Ice will also join the celebrities to perform in the programme, which is being presented by Ashley Banjo and Coleen Nolan.

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Brian McFadden expecting baby with fiancée after two tragic miscarriages

Brian McFadden is expecting a baby with his fiancée Danielle Parkinson after they suffered two tragic miscarriages.

The former Westlife star, 40, has confirmed he’s going to be a dad again as his partner is pregnant.

He told OK! magazine the new addition to the family is due in May.

Brian said: “We’re 15 weeks along now,” while Dani, 39, added: “We’re due on 14 May. But they said normally with your first baby it can be early.”

In the interview, the couple revealed they had been trying for a baby for two years and had turned to IVF treatment.

They suffered two devastating miscarriages before finally passing the three-month mark with their “miracle” baby.

Danielle said: “It does [feel like a miracle] but I feel awful saying that, as I’ve had so many messages on Instagram.

Brian and Danielle are expecting their first child together

“The IVF community is so lovely and I’ve heard real traumatic stories from people who have been trying for 10 years, people who have had eight-plus miscarriages, so I feel we got lucky on our third attempt.”

Brian is already dad to two daughters, Molly, 19, and Lilly-Sue, 17, from his marriage to Kerry Katona.

This will be Danielle’s first child.

Brian McFadden with daughter Lily-Sue and partner Danielle

Speaking to OK, the couple credited Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips with putting them in touch with a nutritionist who they claim helped them conceive.

The Irish pop star explained: “Mike and Zara put us in touch with Simone the nutritionist who got us prepared for this time.

“After we had the miscarriage, we sat with them and talked. This woman would put us on a certain diet, and Mike guaranteed it would work. He was completely rig.”

Kerry and Brian tied the knot in 2002, before separating in 2004, and finally divorcing in 2006

Brian and Vogue split in 2015 and divorced in 2017

Brian has been married twice, to Kerry Katona and to Irish model Vogue Williams.

He split from Vogue in 2015 and he went on to strike up a romance with PE teacher Danielle.

They announced their engagement in December 2019.

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Diego Maradona’s final act of kindness just weeks before tragic death

Diego Maradona is widely regarded as the best footballer of all time, and his antics both on and off the pitch made him one of the most controversial characters of all time.

But after news of his death broke, his final act of kindness to help those who have struggled during the Covid pandemic has come to light.

He teamed up with the Argentine Red Cross to launch a fundraising project – Las 10 del 10 – to provide food and carry out infrastructure in 10 of the country’s cities.

He wrote messages on 10 shirts which were due to be raffled off to mark his 60th birthday.

He announced the new project on social media in October.

Diego Maradona has passed away at the age of 60

He shared a video alongside the caption: “I have the honor to announce that on October 30, my birthday, the solidarity campaign “Las Diez del 10” will start.

“That day we will be in Villa Palito, together with @CruzRojaArg, @ Diego.Tipping and the deputy @NicolasRodriguezSaa, to deliver three trucks full of hygiene items, gel alcohol, bleach and mask.

“And we are going to wire and close the paddock that bears the name of Father Bachi, so that the girls and boys can play in peace and shelter.

He signed 10 shirts for the fundraising project

“In addition, thanks to the National Sports Secretariat, we are going to be opening two sports schools, which will give work to many and many teachers.

“Unfortunately, because of this cursed virus, I will not be able to be.

“But in my place will be my ambassador and friend, @MatiasMorlaOK who will represent me like no one else, because he was from the beginning with this campaign.

The project ran with the Red Cross

“For those who want to participate in the draw for my shirt, I leave the link in my biography:

“I’m very happy. Come on Argentina, this game has just begun!”

Maradona passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Argentina, where the president has declared there will now be three days of national mourning.

Just days before his death, the World Cup winner gave what would become his final interview to Argentinian newspaper Clarin.

Asked if he had any regrets from his life, he said: “I went and I am very happy.

“Soccer gave me everything I have, more than I ever imagined. And if I hadn’t had that addiction, I could have played a lot more.

“But today that is past, I am fine and what I regret the most is not having my parents. I always make that wish, one more day with Tota but I know that from heaven she is proud of me and that she was very happy.”

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Diego Maradona’s heartwarming final interview just days before tragic death

Diego Maradona certainly lived life to the full – but he still feared he would not always be loved.

Maradona has tragically passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Argentina.

The Argentinian president has declared three days of national mourning with tributes pouring in from around the globe for the iconic World Cup winner.

Maradona, who was taken ill on his 60th birthday on October 30, gave what would prove to be his final interview to Argentinian newspaper Clarin just days earlier.

During the chat, he admitted that prior to his return to football as Gimnasia manager he thought: “Sometimes I wonder if people will still love me.”

His fears were eased when he “felt that love with people is never going to end.”

Diego Maradona made a heartbreaking admission in what proved to be his final interview before his death

He said: “I am going to be eternally grateful to the people. Every day they surprise me, what I experienced in this return to Argentine football I will never forget.

“It exceeded what I could imagine. Because I was out for a long time and sometimes one wonders if people will still love me, if they will continue to feel the same.

“When I entered the field in Gimnasia on the day of the presentation I felt that love with people is never going to end.”

The iconic Argentinian passed away at his home aged 60

Asked if he had any regrets from his life, he said: “I went and I am very happy.

“Soccer gave me everything I have, more than I ever imagined. And if I hadn’t had that addiction, I could have played a lot more.

“But today that is past, I am fine and what I regret the most is not having my parents. I

“Always make that wish, one more day with Tota but I know that from heaven she is proud of me and that she was very happy.”

Asked his wish for Argentina, he added: “My wish is that this pandemic passes as soon as possible and that my Argentina can move forward.

“I want all Argentines to be well, we have a beautiful country and I trust that our President will be able to get us out of this moment.

“It makes me very sad when I see children who do not have enough to eat, I know what it is to go hungry, I know what it feels like to feel when you do not eat for several days and that cannot happen in my country.

“That is my wish, to see the Argentines happy, with work and eating every day.”

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Hurst offers to give brain for dementia research amid tragic year for 1966 icons

Sir Geoff Hurst has offered to donate his own brain for dementia research after watching 1966 team mates die in an “unbelievably brutal” year.

Hurst, 78, the hat-trick hero of English football’s greatest triumph, has seen former team mates Nobby Stiles and Jack Charlton die this year and Sir Bobby Charlton diagnosed with dementia in 2020.

Former England striker Hurst is one of only four members of the World Cup winning team still alive and admits he has been left deeply “shocked and saddened” to see his friends and team mates pass away down the years.

Hurst believes more must be done to combat dementia and Alzheimers disease which has been closely associated with heading footballs and the deaths of former England players like Martin Peters, Ray Wilson and ex-West Brom striker Jeff Astle.

West Ham legend Hurst says there should be a ban on kids being allowed to head footballs at too young an age while he also says he would also be willing to play his part after his own death if it helps research on the impact of heading footballs.

Hurst scoring with his head in the 1966 World Cup quarter-final against Argentina

When asked whether he would donate his own brain, Hurst said: “Yes, absolutely. Jeff Astle has done it of course through his daughter Dawn and looking at that and someone else doing that is good.

“I’ve never been asked that question before and my straight answer is yes if it helps. If I could help, families who have people die and donate their organs, I think that’s a fantastic thing for other people.

“So if I could help in that way, I would discuss it with my wife and she would have no objections to me doing. The straightforward answer would be yes.”

Hurst admits that he has found it difficult even to talk to his wife about the upset of losing former team mates and then Sir Bobby Charlton’s recent diagnosis of having dementia.

Hurst has been left devastated by the plight of some of his former teammates

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“A lot of it has come and happened over a short period of time and when you’ve grown up with people, been part of a great team, enjoyed reunions over the years and had great, happy fantastic memories,” he said. “It’s been unbelievably brutal in many respects.

“We live in a strange world at the moment, a technological world where we do video calls and don’t see people face to face. This is the longest conversation I’ve had about this issue by far. The news on Sir Bobby was so sad, such a great man and player.

“I’ve got no-one immediately close to me who has it, but through my daily conversations with Martin Peters and our wives, we were very much aware how unbelievably difficult it is for a family member to deal with someone who has dementia. It’s so difficult.”

Jack Charlton and Nobby Stiles (L) both passed away this year

Hurst has his one theory as to why the heroes of 66 have been so badly hit and it has left him convinced that football should think seriously about a total ban on youngsters heading balls.

He added: “Just look at the team, not just the team but the squad itself and it seemed to be higher than the national average. There seems to be a particular group of people who were suffering.

“I go back to my practice days at West Ham, we had a ball hanging from the ceiling, we would head it for 20 minutes.

“Then we’d play head tennis in the gym and, in the practice on the field, we’d be practising near post, far post headers and you could head 20 or 30 balls in the space of half an hour. I personally feel it’s more about the practice.

“I think kids heading the ball now when their brains are not fully developed or have fully matured and that is obviously a very serious and sensitive issue that’s got to be addressed as well.

“I think stopping at that young age, when the brain has not matured like an adult, must be looked at. I don’t think it would destroy the enjoyment of kids’ football or grassroots football. That would be a very strong and sensible suggestion.”

Hurst is now supporting a national campaign for people to have Smart Meters installed in their homes not just for the environment and to stop wasting energy but also as an important role in identifying usage and flagging warning signs for elderly or vulnerable.

He added: “There’s so much information coming out of a home, anything that can help must be looked at very seriously and because of my involvement with dementia and Alzheimers, I will do anything to try and help with this terrible illness.”

  • Sir Geoff Hurst is encouraging people to contact their energy supplier to request a smart meter installation. Smart meter data could, with consumer consent, transform the way we care for the most vulnerable in our society.

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