An inquest was told on Wednesday about the death of Bobby Charlton, a great footballer of Manchester United and England, following an accidental fall at a care facility.
One of the all-time greats of English football, Charlton passed away in Macclesfield General Hospital on October 21 at the age of 86.
The 1966 World Cup winner lost his balance When he got up from a chair, and hit a window sill and "possibly a radiator," according to the Cheshire Coroner's Court inquiry into his death.
After receiving a dementia diagnosis in 2020, Charlton moved into The Willows in Knutsford, a nursing facility that houses individuals with the illness.
After doing a comprehensive body examination on Charlton, staff discovered no obvious injuries and at first thought his mobility was unaffected.
However, when they subsequently noticed swelling on his back, they phoned for paramedics to take him to the hospital.
Exams revealed that Charlton had broken his ribs and was probably going to have pneumonia, so medical professionals decided he should be placed in end-of-life care before he passed away five days later.
It was heard that Charlton was “unsteady on his feet, especially when standing from a seated position” as a result of his living with dementia.
Charlton helped his United teammates win two league titles and their first European Cup in 1968. He was a survivor of the 1958 Munich plane accident, which claimed the lives of eight of his teammates.
Between 1956 and 1973, he scored 249 goals in 758 appearances while playing for United.
Before Wayne Rooney surpassed him in 2017 as United's all-time best goalscorer, his goal total was a club record.
On November 13, Manchester Cathedral will host a memorial ceremony honouring Charlton's life.
The 'United Trinity' statue, which immortalizes him with Denis Law and George Best, will be passed by during the procession to the service at Old Trafford.
Since Charlton's passing, people have paid tribute to him at the statue with flowers, scarves, shirts, and messages.