Former FIFA president Joao Havelange has passed away in a Rio de Janeiro Samaritano Hospital on Tuesday, the hospital said, without giving further details until authorized by his family.
Havelange who helped bring the Olympic Games to Rio dies at the age of 100 and according to Sky Sport, his death was confirmed by Andresa Feijo, spokeswoman for the Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
Samaritano was where Havelange had been treated for pneumonia in July and reports say the former Olympic swimmer and water polo player for Brazil had been in and out of the hospital in recent months with respiratory problems.
President of the Brazilian Sports Confederation from 1956 to 1974, and head of world football governing body FIFA from 1974 to 1998, the imposing figure of Havelange helped Brazil win bids to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Havelange was the first non-European to head Fifa and helped to transform the group and its flagship event, the World Cup, into a multibillion-dollar enterprise.
After serving 24 years as head of Fifa, Havelange resigned as its honorary president amid corruption allegations against him and others in 2013.
The Engenhao stadium in Rio de Janeiro, where many of the Rio Olympic events are currently underway, was named in his honour.
Havelange is credited with helping transform football into a global success story, but his legacy has been tarnished by corruption allegations.
He resigned as honorary president of FIFA in 2013 after a report found he had taken bribes.