English Premier League clubs have rallied around Stoke City star Benik Afobe, after the 26-year-old shared news of the death of his two-year-old daughter.
The football community was left shocked and saddened by the news.
In a statement, Afobe revealed his daughter Amora had been taken to hospital after an infection was discovered, where her health rapidly deteriorated.
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“Amora was taken to hospital for treatment after unexpectedly developing a severe infection," the statement read.
"Unfortunately she then suffered a number of serious complications and, despite doctors doing absolutely everything that they could, Amora passed away peacefully with the love of her family by her side.
"The entire family have been left totally devastated and heartbroken, and would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult time."
Afobe, who is on loan to Bristol City, is likely to miss the rest of the season due to an ACL injury he sustained in September.
Rival clubs offer their condolences
Clubs across the UK united in support of Afobe and his family, including former Arsenal teammate Jack Wilshere.
“Benik, my brother, my words will never mean enough to express how deeply sorry I am for your loss, and I know that no words will heal the pain in your hearts right now, just know I am here for you, Lois and your family always,” he posted on Instagram.
"Amora's infectious smile will live on in our hearts forever. I love you my friend. Stay strong."
Rival clubs also took to Twitter to pay their respects.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Benik Afobe’s daughter, Amora— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 1, 2019
Everyone in the Arsenal family sends love and support to Benik and his family at this heartbreaking time pic.twitter.com/1Z3khyzrph
The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Stoke City are with Benik Afobe following this morning's tragic news.— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) December 1, 2019
We'll be with you, Benik. pic.twitter.com/nVXQTtLfZx
Our hearts break for Benik Afobe and his family following the tragic news of his daughter's passing this weekend.— Wolves (@Wolves) December 1, 2019
The Wolves family are with you, Benik. pic.twitter.com/TYcXyAc7PJ
Leicester City’s James Maddison donned a shirt beneath his playing gear with a slogan in support of Afobe on Sunday.
“Benik, we’re all here for you bro,” Maddison’s shirt read.