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How Did George Best Die?


Footballer and Celebrity George Best had suffered from liver disease for many years and underwent a liver transplant in 2002. His cause of death was from lung infection complications and organ failure. The drugs he took to prevent his body from rejecting the liver he had transplanted had lowered his immune system, making him more susceptable to infection. The month prior to his death, the same medication had caused him kidney problems. He had been on a life support machine for a week prior to his death. He was aged 59 years when he died on Friday 25th November 2005.


Biography Of George Best


George Best was born on the 22nd May 1946 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. His father was called Dickie and his mother called Anne. His younger brothers and sisters were called Barbara, Carol, Grace, Ian and Julie.



At the age of 15 he was observed by a talent scout for Manchester United Football Club who had seen George Best playing football in the streets of Belfast. He was quickly signed up by Manager Matt Busby. Two years later, at the age of 17, George played his first first league match at Old Trafford in First Division debut for Manchester United in September 1963 against West Bromwich Albion.



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George Best was famed for his skill with the football, from accurate passing of the ball through to back of the net goal scoring. He soon featured regularly on the television programme Match of the Day


George Best Manchester United


In 1965 and 1967 he was in the Manchester United team when they won the Championship League. His team mates included Denis Law and Bobby Charlton. George Best wore the number 7 shirt.

In 1968 he scored a winning goal for Man United when they beat Benfica football team 4 - 1 in the European Champions Cup. In the same year George Best won the Footballer of the Year Award and also the European Player of the Year trophy.


George Best Northern Ireland


George Best also represented and played for the Northern Ireland football team as a striker. He appeared 37 times and earned 37 caps and scored 9 goals.


Celebrity George Best

With the increased fame George Best found a celebrity status and enjoyed drinking and going to top clubs and became legendary for his on the field footballing displays and his off the field antics. With the increased alcohol drinking came fights and his footballing career started to decline.


George Best Nickname

He earned the nickname the fifth Beatle because he looked like the Beatles with his long hair haircut style and good looks. He was a hit with the ladies and had many girlfriends. He was also nicknamed Bestie.

In 1972 George Best announced his retirement from Manchester United and football. He was only 26 years old.

He launched himself into his celebrity lifestyle and dated many top models and enjoyed many parties and gambling.

He did return to football and Manchester United in September 1973 though was sacked in January 1974 by new manager Tommy Docherty because he failed to attend too many football training sessions.

George Best stayed in football and played for many teams, including Dunstable Town, Stockport County, Cork Celtic, Fulham, Hibernian (Hibs), Bournemouth, Brisbane Lions (Australia), L.A. Aztecs, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and San Jose Earthquakes in the North American Soccer League. He retired from football in 1983.

His drinking worsened and brought problems to his personal life including arrests for drink driving and assault. He was sent to prison and in 1984 he spent Christmas at Ford Open Prison - and played for their football team.

He appeared live on Wogan on TV and seemed to be drunk and swore. He married and divorced several times. His first wife was Angie whom he married in 1978 and divorced in 1984. They had a son called Calum. His second wife was Mary Stavin a former Miss World. He married his third wife, Alex, a model, in July 1995 and divorced in 2004.

In 2000 his liver was too damaged to sustain his life. Two years later he received a liver transplant which seemed to give him a new lease of life. He vowed to stop drinking alcohol, but unfortunately could not and was soon drinking again.

His life story was filmed in 2000 on the film called Best which starred John Lynch as Best and also starred Ian Bannen, Ian Hart, Jerome Flynn, Patsy Kensit, Clive Anderson, Sophie Dahl and Stephen Fry.

In 2002 George Best was awarded the lifetime award at the BBC Sports Personality of The Year Awards.


The Death Of George Best

On the 25th November at 12:55pm George Best died from organ failure and lung infections at Cromwell Hospital, West London. He was survived by his father, brother, sisters and Calum his son.

On the 26th and 27th November the Football Association (FA) Premier League organised a one minute silence before all the Premiership games. Some stadiums chose to applaude George Best for being one of the greatest footballers they had known.


The body of George Best was flown home on Friday 2nd December 2005 to RAF Aldergrove in County Antrim and rested at his Father's home at the Cregagh Estate in East Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Thousands of his fans lined the streets to pay tribute to George Best during his funeral. His coffin was draped in a red Manchester United flag. His funeral resembled a state funeral. Local clergyman Pastor Roy Gordon took the funeral service. George Best was buried at Roselawn Cemetery beside his Mother, Ann.


Famous Quotes From George Best

"In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol. It was the worst 20 minutes of my life."

"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."

"I used to go missing a lot...Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World"



George Best Statue

A statue of George Best from his 1960s days was placed outside the grounds of Old Trafford stadium in May 2008. Other Manchester United legends on the statue included Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law. The George Best statue was unveiled by the present Manchester United Football Team Manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton attended the unveiling of the George Best Statue.



Best: His Mother's Son

The television programme Best: His Mother's Son was broadcast on BBC2 on Sunday 16 April 2009. The TV drama portrayed the early life of George Best, who was played by actor Tom Payne, and that of his family in Belfast as they coped with his rise to fame as a footballer with Manchester United. Viewers saw the effects of alcoholism on his mother Anne Best who was played by actress Michelle Farley.


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