Fans are currently in mourning following the death of longtime U.S. sports legend Walter Bahr. Bahr was an outstanding professional soccer player and coach — famously being remembered as the last surviving player from the USA 1950 World Cup team, reported U.S. Soccer.
Bahr died on Monday in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania at 91 years old. According to the New York Times, his death was caused by complications from a broken hip.
Throughout his professional sports career, Bahr received a number of honorable recognitions. He was named collegiate coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 1979. Bahr was also inducted into the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame and the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
A statement in remembrance of Bahr was released by U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro shortly after the former soccer player’s death:
“We are all saddened by the loss of Walter Bahr, a true legend in soccer in the United States,” he began. “His contribution to one of the most iconic moments in U.S. Soccer history was only part of a lifetime of selfless contributions to the game.”
“As a coach, a mentor, a friend, and a colleague, Walter touched the lives of so many people in our sport, ensuring a legacy that will last for generations,” Cordeiro added. “Our thoughts are with his family and all those who were impacted by this extraordinary man.”
Additionally, many fans and others in the soccer industry paid a tribute to the late sports star via social media. He was considered a “legend” and will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
Please keep Walter Bahr’s friends, family, and loved ones in your prayers during this difficult time. In other recent news, a well-known actress was hospitalized after a suicide threat.