Luis Enrique has announced the heartbreaking news that his daughter Xana has died at the age of nine.
The former Barcelona and Spain manager shared a message on social media on Thursday evening which revealed Xana had passed away after a five-month battle with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
Enrique stepped down from his role in charge of the national team in June after the devastating diagnosis.
The statement from Enrique and his family read: “Our daughter Xana has passed away this afternoon at the age of 9, after fighting for 5 intense months against osteosarcoma.
“We thank you for all the love received during these months and we appreciate the discretion and understanding.
“Also, we thank the staff of the Sant Joan de Deu and Sant Pau hospitals for their dedication and treatment, to the medical nurses and all the volunteers. With a special mention to the team of palliative priests of Sant Joan de Deu.
“We will miss you very much but we will remember you every day of our lives in the hope that in the future we will meet again.
“You will be the star that guides our family. Rest Xanita. Martinez Cullell family.”
— LUISENRIQUE (@LUISENRIQUE21) August 29, 2019
Luis Enrique’s daughter Xana had been fighting osteosarcoma for five months.
Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer in children and teens. According to St. Jude’s Children Reseach Hospital, “If the disease is localized (has not spread to other areas of the body), the long-term survival rate is 70 to 75% but if the cancer has already spread to the lungs or other bones at diagnosis, the long-term survival rate is about 30%.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Martínez Cullell family in this dark and trying times.