"Our daughter Xana died this afternoon at the age of 9, after struggling for five intense months against osteosarcoma," a very aggressive bone cancer, he wrote in a statement posted on his account. Twitter.
"We will miss you a lot but we will think of you every day of our lives," added Luis Enrique, 49, who initially left in emergency in March a rally of the Spanish selection "for family reasons of force majeure" before to resign from his position in June.
"We are grateful for all the signs of affection we have received during these months and we thank you for your discretion and understanding," added the former FC Barcelona player and coach.
His former club sent him a message of support on Twitter on Thursday, as did the captain of the Spanish squad Sergio Ramos. The condolences also came from the political world, as evidenced by the messages written by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports and by Pablo Casado, president of the Spanish People's Party.
"Our condolences and all our affection to Luis Enrique and his family in these difficult times. RIP Xana "
"Mister, all our support and affection for you and your family. There are no words, but we will always be by your side "
"I send all my affection to former national coach Luis Enrique after the death of his nine-year-old daughter Xana. All our support to you and all your family in these difficult times ": José Guirao, Acting Minister of Culture and Sports
"My sincere tenderness and all my condolences to Luis Enrique and his wife after the death of their granddaughter, Xana. All my support and all my affection in this moment of difficult comfort. Rest in peace".
Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales and Spain's big rivals Barça and Real Madrid also sent messages of condolence to the coach.
The emotion has overtaken the world of football. "I am very sad and I can not even imagine the pain of the family," wrote tennis star Rafael Nadal.
"I just learned the terrible news of Xana's death.
I am very sad and I can not even imagine the pain of the family.
A huge hug, by far, to Luis Enrique and all his family.
A lot of strength and encouragement in these difficult times! "
Named in the summer of 2018 to head "Roja", Luis Enrique was replaced in June by his deputy Roberto Moreno.
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