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Jan 11, 2017, 5:08 PM
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Former West Ham international dies aged 62
Francois Van der Elst (Belgium, Anderlecht, New York Cosmos, West Ham, Lokeren)
From Essex Live news
Ex West Ham winger François Van der Elst has sadly passed away
The 62 year-old was reported to have been placed in an induced coma on New Year's Day after suffering heart failure just days after a routine check on his heart, but has now sadly lost his fight and passed away.
Van der Elst started his career at Anderlecht in 1971 where he made 243 appearances and scored 82 goals over nine solid years for Belgium's most successful team. He moved to New York Cosmos for a season before being signed by West Ham for just £400,000 in 1981 where he became a popular figure at Upton Park due to his 14 goals from 62 appearances.
The Belgian, who made 44 appearances and scored 14 goals for the national senior squad during his career, left West ham in 1983 and moved back to his native country to join Lokeren, before retiring from professional football in 1986.