Monday Mar 23, 2020
Former Real Madrid President Lorenzo Sanz, who was hospitalised for contracting the widespread coronavirus, has passed away at 76, AFP reported on Sunday.
Sanz's son, Lorenzo Sanz junior, confirmed the news on Twitter, saying that his father "did not deserve this ending and in this way".
The deceased was in charge of the Spanish giants from 1995-2000, overseeing two Champions League titles.
"One of the best, bravest and hardest-working people I have ever seen. His family and Real Madrid were his passion."
Three days ago, Sanz Jr, a former professional basketball player, said his father had been admitted to a Madrid hospital after suffering the symptoms of Covid-19 which has killed more than 1,320 people in Spain.
Current club captain and Spanish international Sergio Ramos, who along with his teammates is in quarantine after one of the club's basketball players tested positive for the virus, hailed Sanz.
"Very sad day for Real Madrid. Lorenzo Sanz connected yesterday and today with two numbers for history: 7 and 8," tweeted Ramos in reference to the key Champions League titles.
"His death saddens us even more in these difficult days in which we find ourselves. My deep condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace."