Tragedy as father of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala dies of heart attack at 58 after ‘never getting over son’s death’ in plane crash just three months earlier
- Horacio Sala had been left grief-stricken by the shocking death of his son
- He had said he was ‘desperate’ after the crash and living in a ‘bad dream’
- Local politician in his hometown in Argentina confirms he died of a heart attack
The father of late footballer Emiliano Sala has died of a heart attack three months after his son was killed in a plane crash.
Horacio Sala passed away in his bed in the town of Progreso, Argentina this morning. He was 58.
His death comes three months after his 28-year-old son Emiliano was killed when a plane taking him to Cardiff crashed into the English Channel.
Sala’s father Horacio has been grief-stricken ever since. Local politician Julio Muller said: ‘He could never get over Emi’s death.’
Horacio Sala, the father of late footballer Emiliano Sala, has died at his home in Argentina
Mr Sala had said he was ‘desperate’ after his son’s plane went down in the English Channel
Striker Emiliano died in January when the plane he was flying in to Cardiff crashed near France
Mr Sala found out through media reports that his son was missing after his plane disappeared. The footballer’s death was confirmed two days later.
Speaking in early February, former truck driver Mr Sala told Argentine TV: ‘I cannot believe it. This is a dream. A bad dream. I am desperate.’
He described his son as ‘small town humble boy’, adding: ‘He was a lad who always fought for what he had.’
Mr Sala’s death was today confirmed by local politician Julio Muller, who said paramedics had rushed to his home but were unable to save him.
Mr Muller told local radio station La Red: ‘2019 doesn’t let up in shocking us with news in this town.
‘At 5 o’clock in the morning, a 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.’
His death comes as a fresh blow for Emiliano Sala’s still-grieving brother Dario and sister Romina.
Mr Sala is pictured with Cardiff manager Neil Warnock at Sala’s funeral in Santa Fe in February
Mr Sala, pictured at his son’s wake, said it was like a bad dream after his son’s plane crash
Striker Emiliano Sala was flying to Cardiff in January following his transfer from French side Nantes when the Piper Malibu plane piloted by David Ibbotson crashed into the English Channel.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found in its preliminary report in February that pilot Mr Ibbotson was not licensed to fly fee-paying passengers and the plane itself was not registered to undertake commercial flights.
Records have since shown that Ibbotson was also not licensed to fly at night.
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