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Former Liverpool favorite Cohen dies after motorcycle accident

Tamir Cohen has followed in the footsteps of his late father by playing in the top flight of English football.
Tamir Cohen has followed in the footsteps of his late father by playing in the top flight of English football.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Former Israel international Avi Cohen dies after motorcycle accident
  • Cohen spent two years at English club Liverpool from 1979-81 and was a crowd favorite
  • His son Tamir plays in midfield for English Premier League side Bolton
  • The 54-year-old had been in a coma since the December 20 accident in Tel Aviv

(CNN) -- Former Liverpool and Israel international footballer Avi Cohen has died following his recent motorcycle crash in Tel Aviv.

Cohen had been in a coma in the city's Ichilov Hospital since the December 20 accident, with news of his death announced Tuesday by his son Tamir, who plays for English Premier League team Bolton.

"Dad died of brain death. Thanks to all the people of Israel for their support and assistance," he told gathered reporters.

Cohen, 54, was the first Israeli to play in the top-flight in England, spending two years at Liverpool from 1979-81.

The fullback was not a regular in the all-conquering Liverpool team of that era, but scored the goal which secured the 1980 English title.

He certainly left his mark and no-one will forget how he helped us win the league against Aston Villa
--Kenny Dalglish
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Capped 51 times by his country, Cohen had a short spell with Rangers during the 1987 season, after being brought to the Scottish giants by his former Liverpool teammate Graeme Souness.

He helped Rangers win the Scottish League Cup that year.

Another former Liverpool star, Kenny Dalglish, paid tribute to Cohen.

"He was well liked by all the lads and although he didn't spend a long time at the club, he certainly left his mark and no-one will forget how he helped us win the league against Aston Villa," Dalglish told the club's official website.

Tamir Cohen rushed home to be at his father's bedside after the accident, the midfielder missing Bolton's Christmas program.

Team manager Owen Coyle told their official website: "On behalf of everyone at Bolton Wanderers football club, our thoughts are with Tamir and his family with the news that Avi Cohen has passed away.

"We are saddened by this news and we would request the Cohens' privacy is respected at this time."

Cohen retired from football in 1990 to pursue a career in coaching and sports broadcasting. He was president of the Israeli Professional Footballers' Association.