Avi Cohen, one of the greatest soccer Israeli soccer players of all time, died at Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center overnight Wednesday at the age of 54.
Cohen, the former captain of Israel’s national team, was critically wounded last week when a commercial vehicle hit his moped near Ramat Gan’s financial district. Physicians declared Cohen brain dead on Tuesday, but his family, at the advice of a number of rabbis, decided not to disconnect him from life support. His heart stopped beating in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Since Cohen was admitted last week, dozens of soccer players, coaches, friends and fans flocked to the hospital.
The license of the driver who hit Cohen has been suspended for 60 days. He told police that he did not veer from his lane and that Cohen apparently rammed into the rear-view mirror of his vehicle.
Over the past few years Cohen served as the head of the Israeli soccer players’ association. The sweeper began his career with Maccabi Tel Aviv, and in 1979 he was transferred to Liverpool FC, which at the time was one of the best teams in the world.
While playing for the English powerhouse Cohen won a league championship and a European championship. After another stint with Maccabi TA, Cohen joined Glasgow Rangers in 1987, but he returned to Maccabi in 1989.
The casket containing Cohen’s body will be on display at Ramat Gan Stadium beginning at 11:30 am. The funeral will be held at 2 pm at the Ramat Hasharon cemetery.
Avi Cohen was born on November 14th, 1956 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi_Cohen
November 14th, 1956
11 + 14 +1+9+5+6 = 46 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Making history.