The French League 1 Club Reims were sent into shock and mourning on Sunday after it’s long serving doctor Bernard Gongalez committed suicide after testing positive for Coronavirus.
“Devastated, Reims cries for Bernard Gonzalez,” said a statement released by the Ligue 1 club.
Reims mayor Arnaud Robinet was quoted as saying that he had been made aware of the suicide of the 60-year-old, who had worked at the club for over 20 years, by the local prefecture.
“I was told Doctor Gonzalez had left a note in which he mentioned that he had tested positive for COVID-19.”
AFP while quoting A medical source confirmed the existence of this letter but added that the doctor had appeared “to be in good shape two days ago”.
“He will be missed by the football family and all those in Reims who met him.” Reims club president Jean-Pierre Caillot said he was “stunned” by the news.
“This pandemic has struck Reims in the heart. A great personality and great professional of the sport has left us,” said Caillot.
More than 8,000 people have died from the coronavirus in France.