Emiliano Sala’s dad Horacio has passed away of a heart attack aged 58- just three months after his son’s tragic plane crash.
The news was confirmed by Julio Muller, a local politician, who told local media that Sala had passed away in the night and couldn't be saved by paramedics.
"2019 doesn't let up in shocking us with news in this town," Muller said. "At 5 o'clock in the morning, the lady, his wife, rang me and she was very upset. The doctors were there but when I arrived at their home, he had already died."
Sala, 28, died when the plane carrying him from Nantes to Cardiff crashed late on 21 January in the English Channel.
Thousands of people turned out to his funeral in his hometown of Progreso, including Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock.