A file photo of Mansoor Ahmed Photograph:( Twitter )
Pakistan’s World Cup-winning hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed passed away on Saturday after a prolonged illness.
He was 49.
His health had steadily deteriorated over the past few days, and earlier today he was put on life support after his lungs and heart ailment worsened, as per media reports.
The hockey legend, who was known as the 1994 World Cup hero for Pakistan, had been suffering from heart ailment for the past three years.
He was undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Karachi.
Last month, he had said he wanted his surgery to be done in India as the facilities there were better than those offered in any other country.
However, a Pakistan doctor said that there was no need to shift Mansoor to India, as the surgery was very much possible in Pakistan.
National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases' Dr Nadeem Qamar had said they were ready to perform the surgery on Ahmed.
He had also reached out to the Indian government for a visa so that he could get the needed treatment.
Mansoor Ahmed represented Pakistan in 338 hockey matches from 1986 to 2000.