Stade de Reims’ doctor Bernard Gonzalez allegedly committed suiced on Sunday after testing positive to the novel coronavirus, French news outlet Le Parisien reported.
Gonzalez was in self quarantine at home where he his infected his and left behind a suicide note, linking his death to COVID-19.
The 60 year old worked at Stade de Reims for 22 years where the city Mayor, Arnaud Robinet described him as a charming man with full commitment and passion to his job.
“Gonzalez was the club doctor. A great professional, recognised and appreciated by all. I have a touched thought for his parents, for his wife, his family. He is a collateral victim of Covid-19 because it had been detected positive and was inside for a fortnight. I know he left a note to explain his gesture, but I ignore its content. He was a committed man,” Robinet told to Le Parisien.
Gonzalez’s death has sent shockwaves throughout France, with the club President Cailot confessing his commitment to to stand with the club through tough times.
“Gonzalez stood with the club even during tough times and worked on a voluntary basis. He is a precise doctor in his missions and an artist by his passions. Of course, there was friction between us, friendly friction, like any club between the sportsman and the medical staff. He is my personal doctor, and today all my thoughts, those of the club, of which he will remain a strong figure, go to his wife and parents,” Caillot added.
French clubs have condoled with Stade de Reims, sending tributes and messages of condolence via social media.