Reuters New Delhi, India
Aug 30, 2019, 12.47 PM
Former Spain coach Luis Enrique has announced the death of his nine-year-old daughter Xana following a battle with cancer.
Luis Enrique quit his role with the national team in June to spend time with his daughter, who lost her five-month fight against the disease on Thursday.
"Our daughter Xana passed away this afternoon aged nine after fighting for five intense months with osteosarcoma (bone cancer)," he said in a statement.
"We want to say thanks for all the shows of warmth received over the past few months and we appreciate the discretion and comprehension shown.
"We also want to thank the staff at the Sant Joan de Deu and Sant Pau hospital for their dedication and treatment, to the doctors, nurses and all the volunteers. With a special mention to the palliative care team at Sant Joan de Deu.
"We will miss you a lot but we will remember you every day of our lives with the hope that one day in the future we will meet again. You will be the star that guides our family. Rest (in peace) Xanita."
All of our support and compassion goes to @luisenrique21, his wife and all of his family at this particularly painful time. All the Barça family are touched by the loss of Xana. Our condolences and all our sympathy for the Martínez Cullell family. https://t.co/yLWe4J4j70