Date: 6th May 2016 at 7:31am
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Former Leeds United striker Frank Worthington is suffering from Alzheimer`s.

The daughter of Frank, Kim-Malou Worthington released the following on social media:

There has been a few wandering about my dad’s health recently and so I thought i should let you all know Frank Worthington has Alzheimer`s. He was diagnosed several years ago and has been holding it off with POSITIVE thinking and football ???? .

They say several footballers from my dads era seem to have suffered the same disease, possibly due to the constant heading of the heavy football back in the day.

As time goes by though, there are moments when you see the effects of Alzheimer`s and this is hard sometimes for all those involved with a loved one who has this disease.

It’s a funny thing that the one big lesson my dad always taught me was ‘mind over matter’…. No matter how hard life gets, being positive will pull you through, Every adversity is an opportunity for change and growth…

Thanks dad, that is the biggest gift you ever gave me! And now this silly Alzheimer`s is taking you away from all that you taught me…. My heart goes out to all those effected by Alzheimer`s, what a journey it is for all those effected!! ??

The 67-year-old flamboyant striker spent just eight-months with Leeds during a dark period for the club. Manager Allan Clarke brought in Worthington as they looked to avoid relegation from the old First Division and despite scoring nine goals in 16 appearances, Leeds couldn`t avoid relegation.

Worthington scored 15 goals in 35 appearances, including two at Sheffield Wednesday early in the 1982/83 season in a 3-2 win at Hillsborough.

He left Leeds in December 1982 to join Sunderland.

Worthington was one of the most flamboyant strikers during a period that had many in the game. His goal for Bolton Wanderers against Ipswich Town even had the referee applauding the goal.

He was only at Elland Road for a short period but he lit up a dark period for the club. We wish Frank and his family all the best.