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British Soccer Legend George Best Dies at 59

Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland football (soccer) star George Best has died at a hospital in London. He was 59.

A spokesman for Cromwell Hospital said in a statement that Best died in the intensive care unit.

Best was a dazzling winger who became a cultural icon for his playboy lifestyle. He had been hospitalized since October 1 because of a reaction to immuno-suppressant drugs.

Best was taking the medicine to prevent his body from rejecting a transplanted liver he received in 2002 after years of heavy drinking. His health deteriorated rapidly at the end of October when he developed a kidney disease. Then, he developed a lung infection last week.

Born in Belfast in 1946, Best made 466 appearances for Manchester United between 1963 and 1974. He scored 178 goals for the club and helped lead Man-U to the European Cup in 1968 and the English League title in 1965 and 1967.

Best made 37 appearances and scored nine times for Northern Ireland. He earned the English and European footballer of the year award in 1968.

Some information for this report provided by AP.