Sala tragedy continues: Emiliano’s father Horacio dies of heart attack

April 29 – The father of Emiliano Sala, the promising young Argentine tragically killed in a plane crash in January after he had completed a £15 million move from Nantes to Cardiff City, has died of a heart attack.

Horacio Sala, 58, suffered the fatal attack at the weekend. “I think Horacio couldn’t get over what happened to Emi,” said the mayor of his hometown Progreso. “Every news he heard about the investigation was really tough for him.”

Emiliano’s body was found in the wreckage of a light aircraft in the English Channel two weeks after the plane vanished near Guernsey. His father had described his anguish after the wreckage was discovered, telling Argentinian television: “I cannot believe it. This is a dream. A bad dream. I am desperate.”

To cap a painful period for the family, a photo said to be of the body of Emiliano, who was 28, has been posted online. Images of his body in a morgue were posted on Twitter but quickly taken down.

“We are aware that a picture reported to be of Mr Sala’s body has been shared on social media channels and are disgusted that somebody did this,” said a police spokesman. “It is clearly a very difficult time for Mr Sala’s family and they should not have to endure additional pain that this shameful act will undoubtedly cause.”

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