One of the first 33 players of LISCR FC, Bill Cooper, alias Biggie, has died at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Sinkor, Press Officer Numennie Williams disclosed on Sunday. He was 33.
Williams said the former winger died on Friday, February 20 from kidney failure, quoting medical reports, and has since been buried on Saturday, February 21, in Barnersville.
Prior to his death, Cooper sought treatment at Mawah Clinic, in Vai Town.
Kidney failure is a medical condition in which the kidney fails to adequately filter waste products from the blood, according to doctors.
He was the acting supervisor of labor contractors at Guthrie Rubber Plantations, and head coach of its football squad.
“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Bill Cooper passed away,” at statement issued by Williams said. “Our hearts go out to the bereaved family and former and current players of LISCR FC.”
The statement further said: “He will be missed for his commitment and contribution towards the successes of the club.”
Biggie, as he was popularly called, joined FC Barcelona (now LISCR FC) in 1996, where he played up to 2000, as left-attacking midfielder. He parted company with team in 2004 and signed on for Liberia’s Black Star.
Mr. Williams indicated that LISCR FC’s founder and president Mustapha Raji extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family for the irreparable loss.
“Bill Cooper will be missed dearly and may soul rest in peace my son,” Black Star’s former President Pennoh Bestman wrote.
According to Richard J. Pratt, former captain of LISCR FC, 2000- 2004, during their playing days with Barcelona and then LISCR FC, Biggie had a strong mind to win.
“He always encouraged us to fight to win on the pitch and out of the pitch,” said Richard.
Richard said, “He always said he was ‘freak up, I ate something and I told my baby to play low’ — and sometimes he said all kinds of stuff if say he was speaking in Latin, Spanish, French or German.”
He was with the team when they won the Knockout title in 2000, and in 2002, and clinched the Knockout and Super Cup titles.
He leaves to mourn his widow, Mrs. Kayah Cooper, five children, and several brothers and sisters, including his aged parents, who survived him.