Shalom Life | April 18, 2015

Soccer Star Avi Cohen Dead at 54

Former Israel and Liverpool defender thrown from motorcycle last week

By: Eva Cohen

Published: December 28th, 2010 in News » World

Soccer Star Avi Cohen Dead at 54

It was the son of Avi Cohen, iconic Israeli soccer defender, who announced at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday that his father was declared brain dead. The family, at the advice of a number of rabbis, decided not to disconnect him from life support and his heart stopped beating on its own in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Cohen is one of Israel's biggest soccer stars, playing for the national team and for Liverpool in the English Premier League. He was thrown from his motorcycle in a collision with a car last Monday in Tel Aviv where he suffered severe head wounds.

Tamir Cohen, Avi's son, is currently an international professional soccer player for the Bolton Wanderers in the English Premier League and the Israeli national team. At the press conference on Tuesday where he announced that Cohen was brain dead, Tamir thanked the people of Israel "for all their help and support." While in hospital, soccer players, friends, family and fans flocked to visit Cohen and show their support.

The license of the driver who hit him has been suspended for 60 days. The driver told police he did not veer from his lane and that Cohen drove into the rear-view mirror of his vehicle.

Cohen began his career playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv before signing with Liverpool for a fee of $450,000 in 1979. With the signing, Cohen became the first Israeli to play soccer in England. He continued to play professional soccer until 1990, followed by managing several Israeli clubs. After retiring from active soccer and management, he was the chairman of the Israel Professional Footballers Association for over five years until his death this week.

The casket containing Cohen's body has been on display at Ramat Gan Stadium since 11:30 am. and the funeral will be held at 2 pm at the Ramat Hasharon cemetery. Cohen was 54 years old.

Hamas to Gazans: Kidnap More Israelis Hamas to Gazans: Kidnap More Israelis TrendingLong Island Students Caught Wearing Incredibly anti-Semitic Shirts While Drinking Underage Long Island Students Caught Wearing Incredibly anti-Semitic Shirts While Drinking Underage Trending400 Torontonians Join Jews From Across the Globe in Poland on March of the Living 400 Torontonians Join Jews From Across the Globe in Poland on March of the Living Trending
 

Netanyahu, Amy Schumer, Sarah Koenig and Others Make TIME's 100 Most Influential People

April 17, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Netanyahu, Amy Schumer, Sarah Koenig and Others Make TIME's 100 Most Influential People

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Diane von Furstenberg, Kevin Hart, Lorne Michaels, and many more make the 12th annual list

Read More

Israeli Defense Firm Creates System to Detect Terror Tunnels

April 17, 2015 | By JNS.org
Israeli Defense Firm Creates System to Detect Terror Tunnels

Elbit Systems developed the new tunnel-detection system together with the Israeli Defense Ministry and other partners in Israel

Read More

Rabbis, Mental Health Professionals Holding Conference to Support Young LGBT Jews

April 17, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Rabbis, Mental Health Professionals Holding Conference to Support Young LGBT Jews

Conference to be held in Israel this Sunday will bring Orthodox rabbinical community, and the therapeutic community, together in support of LGBT teens

Read More

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Trip to Israel Cost Them $1 Million

April 17, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Trip to Israel Cost Them $1 Million

Mind you, they were only there for a couple days

Read More

Hamas to Gazans: Kidnap More Israelis

April 17, 2015 | By JNS.org
Hamas to Gazans: Kidnap More Israelis

"Our men, our women, our children [should] always think of kidnapping your soldiers and settlers, wherever they may be"

Read More

You Could Be The Next Goldstar Beer Taste Tester. Seriously.

April 17, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
You Could Be The Next Goldstar Beer Taste Tester. Seriously.

The company is need of a new chief beer tester, and is turning to the Israeli public for help

Read More

The Kosher Switch May Not Be So Kosher After All

April 17, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
The Kosher Switch May Not Be So Kosher After All

Marketed as a way to keep kosher during the Shabbat, many rabbinical sources fear the Kosher Switch may rely on a Jewish loophole to keep "kosher"

Read More

David Blatt Has NBA's Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

April 17, 2015 | By Bob Jacob/Cleveland Jewish News/JNS.org
David Blatt Has NBA's Cavaliers Surging at Playoff Time

"It's a great time to be in the city of Cleveland," says the Israeli Head Coach, whose team squares off against the Celtics on Sunday

Read More

More Headlines