- Lorenzo had been exhibiting a severe fever for several days before being rushed to hospital
- His death was confirmed by his son who was equally shook by his passing
- The 76-year old was Los Blancos president between 1995 and 2000
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Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz has passed on from the dreaded coronavirus, Briefly.co.za has learnt.
Lorenzo’s death was confirmed by his son who took to Twitter to simply announce, “My father just died”.
Sanz was president at the Santiago Bernabeu for five years between 1995 and 2000, a period which saw the Los Blancos win the Champions League twice.
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The late 76-year-old’s son, who is also named Lorenzo Sanz, took to social media to mourn his father as a “courageous man”.
“He didn't deserve this ending and in this way. One of the best, bravest, hardest-working people I've ever known leaves us. His family and Real Madrid were his passion. My mother and my siblings enjoyed all of his moments with pride. RIP."
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According to reports, Sanz suffered a fever for a few days before being rushed to the Fundacion Jimenez Diaz hospital in Madrid on Tuesday, March 17.
As of Sunday, at least 24,000 people had been confirmed to have the virus in Spain, with nearly 1400 deaths reported.
Real Madrid has since released a club statement on the same.
"The club wishes to convey its condolences to his wife Mari Luz, his children, Lorenzo, Francisco, Fernando, María Luz [Malula] and Diana, as well as his family and friends. Our condolences are shared by all madridistas."
During his time as Real Madrid president, Sanz masterminded the signings of legendary players including Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf and Davor Suker.
He also oversaw the signing of Predrag Mijatovic, who scored the winning goal in the Champions League final against Juventus.
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