Nobby Stiles had never lost a fight in his life - but his long battle with prostate cancer was one scrap even he couldn't win.
But this is how we should all remember Stiles, the little man with a giant heart bigger than the gap in his front teeth. The man who conquered the footballing world.
Supporters of the modern generation could be forgiven for struggling to appreciate how much the England and Manchester United midfielder contributed to the game.
But those relying on anecdotes, newspaper reports and memories of the past need look no further than the footage of him dancing across the Wembley turf on that sunny afternoon in 1966 after England had beaten West Germany to win the World Cup.
Take a look at how happy and proud he was? How he revelled in the moment and connected with the delirious supporters inside the famous stadium?
There might have been bigger names in that wonderful side, like Bobby Moore, Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst, but no-one gave more to English football's finest hour than Stiles did.
He achieved so much for club and country, guaranteeing him greatness and legendary status, but Stiles never took himself too seriously. How could he, with all those teeth missing?
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The world needs people like Stiles, who was fun and made people laugh, which is a rare gift indeed.
The man who became a hero to millions is probably now dancing again, only this time in heaven. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. RIP Norbert Peter Stiles.