Benik Afobe announces death of daughter, aged two

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Bristol City striker Benik Afobe is mourning the death of his daughter Amora.

The 26-year-old released a statement on Sunday, saying he and his family were “devastated and heartbroken” after their two-year-old girl died on Friday following an infection.

“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,” the statement read.

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“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 that 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.”

Bristol City’s chief executive Mark Ashton added: “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Bristol City are with Benik and his wife Lois at this tragic time.

“We cannot imagine the heartache they are feeling and we will do all we can to support them.”

Afobe’s former teammate and close friend Jack Wilshere was one of many players to offer his condolences, saying: “Benik, my brother, my words will never mean enough to express how deeply sorry I am for your loss, and I know that no words will heal the pain in your hearts right now, just know I am here for you, Lois and your family always.

“You, Lois and Alba are our family. And Amora’s infectious smile will live on in our hearts forever. I love you my friend stay strong.”

PA

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