Former FIFA executive committee member and FBI informant Chuck Blazer died Wednesday at the age of 72, his lawyers told the New York Times. An official cause of death has yet to be reported.
U.S. soccer federation president Sunil Gulati also confirmed Blazer’s death to ESPN FC.
“His misconduct, for which he accepted full responsibility, should not obscure Chuck’s positive impact on international soccer,” Blazer’s lawyer said in a statement to the New York Times.
Blazer, who was given a lifetime ban from FIFA in July 2015, claimed in a 2013 court appearance that he was dealing with rectal cancer, diabetes and coronary artery disease, per the Washington Post. He became a FIFA executive member in 1997 and held the job until 2013. He also served as the CONCACAF general secretary from 1990-11.
However, Blazer began to work with the FBI as an informant and revealed that FIFA executive committee members took bribes from 2004-11 that aided South Africa being awarded the 2010 World Cup. He also confessed that there were bribes exchanged ahead of the 1998 World Cup, which was held in France.
Blazer said in the New York Times profile that he had an $18,000-a-month apartment for himself in Trump Tower in New York and had a $6,000-a-month apartment that adjoined it for his cats. Blazer pled guilty in 2013 to charges including racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and income tax evasion. He forfeited $1.9 million to the authorities after pleading guilty in 2013, authorities told the New York Times.
The confessions from Blazer helped lead to the indictment of 13 other soccer and marketing officials.