Footballer Gordon McQueen dies of vascular dementia

15 June 2023

Former Leeds United, Manchester United and Scotland defender Gordon McQueen has died, aged 70.

The family of the former footballer announced his death earlier today (Thursday 15 June 2023). It was announced in 2021 that McQueen had been diagnosed with vascular dementia, which is the second most common cause of dementia.

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“Our hearts go out to Gordon McQueen’s family and loved ones, following the announcement that he has died. So many people will remember Gordon as a great sports personality and for his successful football career, and he will be greatly missed. We offer our sincerest condolences to all those who knew Gordon at this very difficult time.

“As a result of Gordon’s diagnosis, his daughter Hayley worked alongside us to draw attention to the risks associated with sport and dementia. While we conduct more research, Alzheimer’s Research UK is calling for sporting bodies to reduce the impact of head injury for their players.

“We want to see a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia and we will continue to invest in research that will one day change the future for families, like Gordon McQueen’s, who have been impacted by this devastating condition.”