Luis Enrique: Former Spain and Barcelona manager's daughter dies aged nine

Luis Enrique: Former Spain and Barcelona manager's daughter dies aged nine”

Former Barcelona and Spain manager Luis Enrique has taken to social media to announce the shocking and untimely death of his 9-year-old daughter Xana.

"Our daughter Xana passed away this afternoon aged nine after fighting for five intense months with osteosarcoma [bone cancer]", he said in a statement on Twitter on Thursday.

"We give thanks for all the shows of affection we've received during these months and we're grateful for the discretion and understanding". A special mention for the palliative care team at Sant Joan de Deu.

"We will miss you enormously but we will remember you every day of our lives", he added.

"You will be the star that guides our family", he said.

Our thoughts are with them all.

Earlier, had reported how former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique stepped down from his his position as the manager of the Spanish national football team.

An outpouring of support has followed for the coach and his family, from players, clubs as well as many outside the sport. "Our condolences and all our sympathy for the Martínez Cullell family". "I am very sad and can't even imagine the pain of the family", wrote tennis player Rafael Nadal, who is now at the US Open in NY.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said it "mourns the sad loss of little Xana" and it "wants to show our condolences to family and friends, joining us all today to their pain", according to BBC.

Watford striker Gerard Deulofeu, a product of the Barcelona youth academy, added: "Rest in peace Xana".

Sergio Ramos also responded to Luis Enrique's announcement.

Barcelona have however offered their condolences to Enrique and his family, as well as rival LaLiga clubs and numerous players in the game.

Barcelona, who Enrique guided to Champions League glory in 2015, tweeted: "Our condolences and all our sympathy to Luis Enrique and his family at this very hard time".

They said that the club "joins the pain" of the family and want to convey their "deepest condolences to them at these hard times".

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