Former national footballer, Football Federation member, and Dhaka Abahani Director Golam Rabbani Helal died on Saturday at a city hospital. He was 63.
Helal represented the national side from 1979 to 1985 and featured for Abahani regularly from 1975 to 1988.
Helal, who was kept at the ICU of Square Hospital since Thursday, suffered a brain hemorrhage and breathed his last on around noon.
He left behind his wife, two daughters and a large number of admirers to mourn his death.
In the morning, his pulse was going down gradually and the medication was not working. Doctors tried to remove the blood clot in his brain but failed.
Helal had been suffering from kidney disease and undergoing dialysis for the last year. He also underwent open-heart surgery after a cardiac arrest in April 2017.
His Namaz-e-Janaza is scheduled to be held after Asr prayers at his favourite Abahani Club ground before his burial at the Azimpur graveyard.
He was one of four national footballers sent to jail along with three Abahani players – Salahuddin, Chunnu, and Anwar – following a Dhaka derby clash with traditional rivals Mohammedan SC in 1982.
After retiring from football, Helal become the director of Dhaka Abahani and served the club in different capacities. Helal also served Bangladesh Football Federation as an executive committee member from 2008.