Belgian footballer Miguel van Damme has died at the age of 28 following a long battle with leukemia. The goalkeeper who was with Belgian top-flight club, Cercle Brugge, died on Tuesday. The club said “words are not enough to describe what we feel” following the news on Tuesday. The goalkeeper was first diagnosed with the disease over five years ago.
Miguel van Damme Dies after Battling Cancer
The club also said: “It is with great sadness we report that our friend and team-mate Van Damme has fought his long and uneven battle against leukemia.” “Miguel, your perseverance and strength to go for it [again] over and over, setback after setback, was admirable. “You are an example of positivism, persistence, and fighting spirit. A source of inspiration for everyone who fights. Forever in our green-black heart, #16.”
Van Damme was initially diagnosed with leukemia during a medical before the 2016-17 season, but the disease returned in 2019 and 2020. The goalkeeper’s wife Kyana Dobbelaere wrote on Instagram saying: “Our dearest darling, daddy left for his last match last night, a match that can no longer be won. You left us very slowly, yet you did it again in your way… very strong.”
She also wrote: “You fought like a lion. We are so thankful for who you were. An example for many. You have made me realize that there is no such thing as giving up, even if there was only that one small glimmer of success, time and again you got over it.” “Rest now darling you have more than earned it, you are now freed from all pain.”