NFL legend Ray Guy dies at the age of 72 after lengthy illness

NFL star Ray Guy has died, leaving the football world in mourning. Ray was regarded as the first great punter in football history, as the first and only punter to ever be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.Ray - who played for 14 years for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders organization - passed away at the age of 72 on 3 November after a reported lengthy illness.MORE: Bengals' assistant coach Adam Zimmer's death at 38The three-time Super Bowl champion will be missed by his loved ones and the NFL world who took to social media to express their sadness.Loading the player... var track = function (evt_name) { dataLayer.push({ 'event': evt_name, 'eventValue': { 'category': 'videos', 'action': evt_name, 'label': 'HELLO - T1lJQWVC', 'videoUrl': '', 'videoTitle': 'Stars gone too soon' } }); }; var playerInstance = playerInstance || []; playerInstance['T1lJQWVC'] = jwplayer('MC4xNzYwMDgwMCAxNjY3NTY2MTIwNTQ0NjQ='); playerInstance['T1lJQWVC'].setup({ sources: [ {file: '', label: '480'}, {file: '', label: '720 HD', default: 'true'}, {file: '', label: '1080 HD'} ], primary: 'html5', image: '', related: { file: '', onclick : 'play' }, autostart: false, sharing: {} }); function getDataPermutive() { return new Promise((resolve, reject) => { let maxRetries = 2; let countRetry = 0; let checkingInterval = setInterval( function() { if (countRetry { return new Promise((resolve, reject) => { try { return getDataPermutive().then(_pdfps => { let playerConfig = playerInstance['T1lJQWVC'].getConfig(); const sections = playerConfig.advertising.schedule; const updatedSections = new Array(); sections.forEach(function callback(section, index) { let offSet = section.offset; let tagUrl = section.tag; let playerSegsPerm = encodeURIComponent('&permutive=' + encodeURIComponent(JSON.parse(_pdfps || '[]').slice(0, 250).join(','))); tagUrl = tagUrl.replace(/(cust_params[^&]+)/, '$1' + playerSegsPerm); updatedSections[index] = {tag: tagUrl, offset: offSet}; }); const updatedPlaylistItem = Object.assign({}, item, {adschedule: updatedSections}); console.log('Permutive added to Pre-roll !!!'); resolve(updatedPlaylistItem); }).catch(() => { console.warn('Permutive no data!!!'); resolve(); }); } catch(error) { console.warn(error); resolve(); } }); }); jwplayer().onPlay(function () { track('play'); }); jwplayer().onPause(function () { track('pause'); }); jwplayer().onComplete(function () { track('complete'); }); jwplayer().onSeek(function () { track('seek'); }); WATCH: Stars gone too soon His death comes just a few days after former NFL assistant coach and the son of ex- Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, was tragically found dead on 1 November.The Cincinnati Bengals offensive analyst died at his home in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, and was discovered following a wellness check. MORE: Tom Brady pays heartfelt tribute after death of John MaddenMORE: Migos rapper Takeoff dead at 28 - stars pay tributeAt the time, his devastated sister, Corri Zimmer White, took to Instagram to confirm the sad news and write a tribute to her brother. Ray died at the age of 72It read: "I can’t believe I’m writing this. I lost my big brother yesterday. The kindest, sweetest, family loving, sports obsessed soul there ever was. "I’ve felt pain like this once before but it’s been a while and I didn’t know I was able to feel like this again. My heart is shattered and it hurts so bad." SEE: Tom Brady makes nine-year-old fan who beat cancer cry with incredible gestureShe continued: "My brother was one of my best friends, especially after my mom died, we became so close. He was always there for me and always the first to show up and volunteer at my foundation events … I never even had to ask." Adam Zimmer died the same week as Ray GuyCorri added: "Adam, I love you so much and I will miss you every second of every day until I see you again. Please watch over us and help us be okay."Adam's cause of death is yet to be determined but police have said that "there was nothing suspicious and there didn't appear to be any evidence of foul play".Read more HELLO! US stories hereLike this story? Sign up to our HELLO! Mail newsletter to receive all the latest royal and celebrity news straight in your inbox.