Former Marseille soccer club president, Pape Diouf, dies of Coronavirus

FILE - In this Feb.4, 2014 file photo, former president of Olympic Marseille soccer club, Pape Diouf, poses after a press conference, in Marseille, southern France. Pape Diouf, who led the French soccer club from 2005-09, has died after contracting the coronavirus. He was 68.

Pape Diouf, a former president of French soccer club Marseille, has died in Senegal after contracting the coronavirus, the West African country’s first COVID-19-related death. He was 68.

Senegalese health officials said Diouf died Tuesday. He had been treated since Saturday in intensive care at Fann Hospital in Dakar, said Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, the minister of health.

Relatives say he was meant to be moved to France. He had recently traveled to several countries in the region, including Ivory Coast.

Senegal President Macky Sall offered condolences to Diouf’s family in a message posted on Twitter.

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