Hospitalized in Dakar, where he was on respiratory assistance, Pape Diouf was to be repatriated to Nice by medical plane. But his condition deteriorated too quickly.
The list of dead personalities of the coronavirus elongates. Affected by Covid-19, the former president of Olympique de Marseille Pape Diouf died at the age of 68, family agency Agence France-Presse learned on Tuesday March 31. His death has been confirmed by RTS, the public television channel in Senegal.
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Placed under respiratory assistance, Pape Diouf had been hospitalized in Dakar. He was to be repatriated to Nice (Alpes-Maritime) by medical plane where his family was to join him. But his condition has deteriorated. The aircraft, chartered by the French Embassy in Senegal, could not take off and died on Senegalese soil, AFP learned from the same source.
Former journalist, player agent and then director of the Marseille club from 2005 to 2009, Pape Diouf had notably helped build the team that will be crowned French champion in 2010, after 17 years without titles for OM.
Many fooballers paid tribute to him on Twitter. Starting with those who wear or have worn the Marseille jersey. This is the case of Florian Thauvin the current midfielder from Marseille. Or Benjamin Mendy, the defender from Manchester City (England), who passed through La Canebière between 2013 and 2016.
Very sad to learn of the disappearance of Pape Diouf … he will leave a unique memory in Marseille. Thoughts moved for his family and loved ones pic.twitter.com/hS6uTQhwHg
– Florian Thauvin (@FlorianThauvin) March 31, 2020
A lot of sadness when learning of the death of Pape Diouf … A great President but above all a huge Man, who will always have worthily represented OM and its values. A great loss for French football and the African continent. Rest in peace pic.twitter.com/3lqI7VksOv
– Benjamin Mendy (@ benmendy23) March 31, 2020
Other players, who have never worn the colors of OM, also wanted to send their condolences. Like the Parisian Kylian Mbappé who writes this: “No room left for rivalry tonight.”
No room for rivalry tonight. Very sad to hear of the death of a monument to our football, my condolences to the Diouf family.
– Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) March 31, 2020