French Ligue 1 football club Stade de Reims have said a team doctor has killed himself after finding out he had contracted coronavirus. Bernard Gonzalez was 60. Also Read - Nepal Airport Under Renovation Amid Coronavirus Lockdown
In a letter, Gonzalez has explained the link between his diagnosis and actions. Also Read - Bangladesh Govt Decides Not to Extend COVID-19 Shutdown
“Devastated, Reims cries for Bernard Gonzalez. Not just the club but also hundreds of men and women in Reims,” the club said in a statement. Also Read - COVID-19 Cases Cross 1.6 Lakh-mark; Death Toll Above 4,600; Shah Speaks to CMs Over Lockdown Extension | Key Points
Gonzalez was with Reims for 20 years and reportedly his wife has also tested positive for the virus. The duo was living together in confinement.
Mayor of Reims, Arnaud Robinet, said, “He was the club doctor. A great professional, recognized and appreciated by all. My thoughts are for his parents, for his wife, his family. He is a collateral victim of Covid-19. I know he left a note to explain his gesture. But I ignore its content.”
Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot said the news has left him stunned, paying Gonzalez rich tributes “Words fail me, I am stunned by this news. This pandemic affects Stade de Reims in the heart, it is a personality of Reims and a great professional of the sport who left us. His mission to the club of more than 20 years has been carried out with the utmost professionalism, in a passionate and even selfless manner,” Caillot said.
France is one of the worst affected countries by the pandemic with over 7,500 reported deaths so far.