There has been some devastating news that has come in today. The sports industry and fans across the globe are mourning over the loss of a beloved, legendary athlete.
At this time we are asking our readers to pray for the family as they go through a difficult time. His family and friends will forever miss their title-winning athlete.
Many tributes have poured in over the hours after his reported death. Athletes who have had the privilege of meeting him have shared their condolences with the family.
Some athletes even shared their tributes and memories over their social media pages. Many posts on Twitter are heartfelt and fans are left heartbroken.
"The club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our greatest ever player. A giant of a man," the team wrote on Twitter.
"The thoughts of everyone connected with the club are with his family and friends at this sad time. Rest in peace, Jimmy," the tweet continued.
The title-winning Burnley soccer player Jimmy McIlroy has passed away. He was 86 years old.
"Jimmy McIlroy was offered more money and 'a villa overlooking the Mediterranean' to join Sampdoria in 1962. His wife's response: 'What would we want to leave Burnley for?'" one fan wrote on Twitter.
The Burnley team believes he was the "greatest ever player" they have ever had. He netted 131 goals in 497 appearances for the Clarets. The team won the First Division in 1960 giving them the Championship winning team title.
Will you kee the McIlroy family in your prayers?