England World Cup legend Banks was 81 and passed away peacefully in his sleep last night, Stoke City confirmed this morning.
“From the family of Gordon Banks,” Stoke tweeted.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.
“We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”
John Bishop led the tributes when he posted a message on Instagram.
“Sad news about Gordon Banks who I had the pleasure to meet on a few occasions,” he wrote.
“A gentleman and a football legend RIP.”
Banks won the World Cup with England in 1996 and played for Leicester and Stoke over a 19-year career.
He started his career at Chesterfield and won 73 caps for England – with the highlight coming in 1966.