The father of deceased footballer Emiliano Sala, who was lost his life in a plane crash earlier this year, has died three months after his son’s death.
Daniel Ribero, from San Martin de Progreso, tells C5N TV channel that Sala Sr. had passed away before doctors arrived at his home in Progreso.
Emiliano Sala’s plane crashed en route to Cardiff after leaving from France.
The Argentine footballer was on his way to joining his new club Cardiff City from French club Nantes in a club record £15m deal when the crash happened over the English Channel.
Progreso mayor Julio Müller led the tributes to Sala Sr., telling La Red radio station: “Horacio could not overcome Emi, we thought that after the discovery he would be able to close that circle.”
The Piper Malibu N264DB plane carrying Sala Jr. and pilot David Ibbotson went missing over waters near the Channel Islands on 21 January and it took rescuers two weeks to find the wreckage.
The football star’s body was recovered on 8 February after a private rescue team took over the search for the missing plane.
Just two weeks ago, Sala Sr, a lorry driver still spoke to the BBC two weeks ago and pleaded “that justice be done” for his son.
He told the BBC Wales Investigates programme he wanted to “continue investigating all the things that we have to know and that we can know.”
“That is all I can ask,” Sala Sr. adds.
Air accident investigators are still looking into why the Piper Malibu plane carrying Sala to Cardiff for his first training session crashed.
The light aircraft had Ibbotson as the pilot. Ibbotson is from Crowle, North Lincolnshire, and his body is yet to be found.
The legality of Sala’s flight has not yet been established, but a preliminary report from air accident investigators in February said the pilot was not licensed to carry fee-paying passengers and the plane was not registered for commercial flights.
Cardiff City have said the club “wholeheartedly” backs the Air Charter Association’s (BACA) calls “to secure a review of illegal flights”.
In the three months since the crash, BACA says it had received reports of illegal flights happening in the UK at a rate of almost one per day.