Footballer Benik Afobe says he is “heartbroken” after the death of his two-year-old daughter.
The striker, who plays for Championship club Bristol City on loan from Stoke, announced his daughter Amora had died on Friday evening after “unexpectedly developing a severe infection”.
A statement issued by his family said: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that the Afobe family have today confirmed the devastating news that their first child, their beloved daughter Amora, 2, passed away late on Friday evening. Benik Afobe and his wife Lois announced Amora’s death ‘with an extremely heavy heart’.
“Amora was taken to hospital for treatment after unexpectedly developing a severe infection.”
“Unfortunately she then suffered a number of serious complications and despite doctors doing absolutely everything they possibly could, Amora passed away peacefully with the love of her family by her side.”
“The entire family have been left totally devastated and heartbroken, and would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult time.”
West Ham star and former England player Jack Wilshire, who Afobe has described as his “best mate in football”, posted a heartfelt message as he described Amora’s “infectious smile”.
Source BBC News