Lorenzo Sanz, has died after a battle with the Coronavirus disease, his family and the Santiago Bernabeu side have announced.
Sanz who died a the age of 76 won some laurels during his reign as president of Real Madrid FC and basketball team from 1995 to 2000.
Sanz was reportedly admitted to a hospital in Madrid earlier last week where his Covid-19 infection was manages until he gave up the ghost on Saturday.
His son, Lorenzo, confirmed the sad new of his father’s passing in Tweet on Saturday.
“My father has just died. He did not deserve it to end in this manner. One of the best, most courageous and hard working people I have seen in my life. His family and Real Madrid were his passion,” Lorenzo [Jnr.] tweeted.
Real Madrid and Laliga followed up Lorenzo’s announcement with official statements on their respective online platforms.
“Real Madrid, its president and the board of directors regret with great consternation the death of
Lorenzo Sanz, who was president of Real Madrid from 1995 to 2000,’ Real Madrid stated on their website.
“They also want to express their deepest condolences and all their affection and affection to his wife Mari Luz, their children; Lorenzo, Francisco, Fernando, María Luz Malula and Diana, and their family and friends. Condolences that also extend to all Real Madrid.
“Today, Real Madrid is mourning the loss of a president who dedicated a large part of his life to his great passion: Real Madrid.
“Given the current circumstances, Real Madrid will pay him the recognition he deserves as soon as possible.”
The club also tweeted: “With Lorenzo Sanz as president of @realmadriden, the club won two European Cups and an Intercontinental Cup, a league title, a Spanish Super Cup, a basketball league title and the Saporta Cup. #RealMadrid.”
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos also took to Twitter express his grief over the passing.
“Very sad day for Real Madrid. Lorenzo Sanz connected yesterday and today with two numbers for the story: 7 and 8 [Champions League triumphs in 1998 and 2000},” Ramos tweeted.
“His death saddens even more these difficult days in which we find ourselves. My deep condolences to family and friends. Rest in peace.”
Former Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas was also in a mourning mood on Saturday and tweeted: “DEP President, a big hug to family and friends in these difficult times. And a very special memory for those who have also left us because of this fatal virus. Much strength to all.”