Avi Cohen family 311.
(photo credit:Aloni Mor)
The 54-year-old soccer legend Avi Cohen died Wednesday morning at Ichilov Hospital after his heart stopped beating.
Eight days of hopes and prayers – by the family of former Maccabi Tel Aviv and Liverpool defender – ended bitterly on Tuesday, following an announcement that he was brain dead.
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A committee from the Ministry of Health came to the sad conclusion after
examining Cohen, ending any chance of the 54-year-old recovering from
the injuries he suffered in a motorbike accident near the Ramat Gan
Diamond Exchange last week.
“Unfortunately, the committee from the Ministry of Health confirmed that
dad has suffered brain death, and therefore he has passed away,” said a
tearful and distraught Tamir Cohen, Avi’s son and Israel national team
and Bolton Wanderers midfielder. “I would like to thank everyone in
Israel for all their support. Now give us time to fully grasp the situation we have found ourselves in.”
to a hospital statement released Tuesday, “in this situation there are
three options for the family: the first is to donate organs to save
other lives, the second is to disconnect life support, and the third is
to end medical treatment except for life support, until the heart stops
functioning.”Judy Siegel-Itzkovich contributed to this report
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