21-year-old Soccer Coach Dies After Getting Coronavirus

Francisco Garcia, a soccer coach from Spain died after learning that he had leukemia after being tested positive for coronavirus. He was only 21-years-old.

Garcia, who coaches the junior team of Malaga-based club Atletico Portada Alta, went to the hospital to get checked up after having coronavirus symptoms for days. While there, he learned that he had leukemia, a form of blood cancer, which would have weakened his immune system needed to fight the coronavirus.

Garcia was one of the youngest persons to have died from the coronavirus. Spain currently has 2nd highest cases of coronavirus in the European Union (over 8,000 cases), after Italy, and has declared a state of emergency.

Atletico Portada Alta paid tribute to Mr. Garcia on Sunday: "we want to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and relatives of our coach Francisco Garcia who has left us, unfortunately, today."

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