David Beckham pays tribute to Henry Worsley

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England football legend David Beckham has paid tribute to explorer Henry Worsley following his death. 

Taking to Instagram, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star hailed the explorer, declaring that his thoughts are with his family. 

Worsley sadly passed away after attempting to become the first person to cross the Antartic alone unsupported. The 55-year-old, who was 71 days into his expedition, was airlifted 30 miles from the end after calling for help from the ice. 


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After being flown to a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile, Worsley underwent surgery but died on Sunday. 

The legendary figure was involved in the 2009 expedition of the Antarctic that retraced the footsteps of one of the greatest ever explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Worsley was also a former army officer and was respected by those that had been lucky enough to meet him. 

Beckham tribute 

Beckham, then, rightly paid tribute to Worsley, admitting that words can't describe just how sad the loss of the explorer is. 

Taking to social media, the former England captain stated: "No words can describe the sadness of the loss of Henry. I was lucky enough to have met Henry on my way out to the Antarctic. I asked if I could use his Union Jack for a picture, he kindly lent it to me and I could feel how special this was to him. 

"I was so honoured that he had done this for me... A man that has served our country for so many years and a man that talked about his family with so much pride... Our thoughts are with Henry's family at this time."


Worsley wife, Joanna, posted a statement, revealing that organ failure took the life of her husband. 

Joanna's statement read, as per the Mirror: "It is with heartbroken sadness I let you know that my husband, Henry Worsley, has died following complete organ failure; despite all efforts of ALE and medical staff at the Clinica Magallanes in Punta Arenas, Chile."

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