The daughter of former Spain coach Luis Enrique, Xana, has died after a battle with cancer, aged nine, ONA reports citing Intependent.
Luis Enrique left the Spanish set-up last June in order to spend more time with his family, following Xana’s diagnosis with osteosarcoma, the most common form of bone cancer and prevalent in teenagers and young adults.
The former Barcelona player and manager issued a statement on Thursday evening to make the tragic announcement, and said that Xana will remain “the star that guides our family”.
"Our daughter Xana passed away this afternoon aged nine after fighting for five intense months with osteosarcoma (bone cancer)," Luis Enrique said in a statement.
"We want to say thanks for all the shows of warmth received over the past few months and we appreciate the discretion and comprehension shown.
"We also want to thank the staff at the Sant Joan de Deu and Sant Pau hospital for their dedication and treatment, to the doctors, nurses and all the volunteers. With a special mention to the palliative care team at Sant Joan de Deu.
"We will miss you a lot but we will remember you every day of our lives with the hope that one day in the future we will meet again. You will be the star that guides our family. Rest Xanita."