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Emiliano Sala’s Dad Dies Of Heart Attack Months After Footballer Was Killed In Plane Crash

Horacio Sala, 58, passed away at his home in Progreso just three months after his son died on board a private jet flying from Nantes to Cardiff

Emiliano Sala’s father Horacio has tragically passed away in Argentina after a heart attack.

The news was confirmed by a local politician, three months after the Cardiff striker was killed on board a private jet.

Sala was flying from Nantes to Cardiff shortly after completing his £15m move to the Premier League side.

Horacio, 58, passed away after suffering a heart attack in his bed on Thursday night and could not be saved by paramedics, it has been announced.

The former truck driver made emotional pleas during the search for Sala and was pictured with Cardiff manager Neil Warnock at his funeral.

The father of footballer Emiliano Sala who was killed in a plane crash has died after suffering a heart attack. Horacio Sala died three months after the tragedy in which the new Cardiff City FC signing lost his life in the English Channel. Mayor of Sala’s hometown Julio Muller said: ‘2019 doesn’t let up in shocking us with news in this town. ‘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.’

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Horacio spoke about his pain at the loss of his son in an interview just days after the crash. He said: ‘I cannot believe it. This is a dream. A bad dream. I am desperate.’

Sala, 28, was flying to Cardiff in January following his transfer from French side Nantes when the Piper Malibu plane piloted by David Ibbotson crashed. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found in its preliminary report in February that Ibbotson was not licensed to fly fee-paying passengers and the plane itself was not registered to undertake commercial flights, the Air Charter Association and Cardiff said in a statement. Records have since shown that Ibbotson was also not licensed to fly at night.

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