EMILIANO SALA’s father has died just three months after the footballer was killed in a plane crash.
Horacio Sala (pictured), 58, died at his home in Progreso in Argentina’s Santa Fe province, local media reported.
Progreso’s mayor Julio Muller said: ‘He could never get over Emi’s death.’
The 28-year-old Argentine footballer, who had signed for Cardiff City, disappeared with the pilot of the Piper Malibu after it crashed in the English Channel north of Guernsey on January 21.
Mr Muller told radio station La Red of Mr Sala’s death.
‘The partner of Horacio called me at five in the morning. The doctors were already there. When he left his home, he had already died,’ Mr Muller said, according to local media reports.
The mayor cited ‘a heart problem’ for the father’s death.
Emiliano Sala’s remains were recovered on February 6 after a private search, but the pilot, David Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, is still missing.
Horacio Sala said he was ‘desperate’ after the underwater search found the crashed aircraft.
‘I cannot believe it. This is a dream. A bad dream. I am desperate,’ Mr Sala told local broadcaster Cronica TV.