Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goaltender Harry Gregg died at the age of 87.


Gregg was one of the survivors of the 1958 Munich Air Disaster, which claimed the lives of 23 men, and that day was heralded by his role in the rescue of other passengers, including teammates Sir Bobby Charlton, Dennis Viollet and Jackie Blanchflower.

He also helped Vera Lukic, the wife of a Yugoslavian diplomat who was pregnant at the time, and her two-year-old daughter.

His death was announced Monday morning by the Harry Gregg Foundation.

‘ It is with great sorrow that we report the death of Manchester United and Northern Ireland legend Harry Gregg, OBE, ‘ he said in a Facebook statement.

‘ Harry died peacefully in a hospital surrounded by his loving family. ‘