New York: The No. 2 official in the governing body of soccer's North and Central American and Caribbean region from 1990-2011 and a member of FIFA's ruling executive committee from 1997-2013, Chuck Blazer died on Wednesday at age 72. Blazer was suffering from rectal cancer, diabetes and coronary artery disease. Blazer was instrumental in uprooting corruption from the FIFA organizations. “Chuck hoped to help bring transparency, accountability and fair play to CONCACAF, FIFA and soccer as a whole. Chuck also accepted responsibility for his own conduct by pleading guilty and owning up to his mistakes. Chuck felt profound sorrow and regret for his actions." his lawyers said in a statement.
Blazer pleaded guilty in November 2013 to one count each of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and willful failure to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, and to six counts of tax evasion. He forfeited $1.96 million and agreed to forfeit a second amount, to be determined at the time of sentencing, but he was never jailed as the investigation continued. He also agreed to pay a FBAR civil penalty for $487,875.