Francisco Garcia, a Spanish football coach has passed away at the age of 21 after contracting coronavirus.

Garcia, who had served as Malaga-based club Atletico Portada Alta’s youth team manager since 2016, has become the fifth and youngest victim of the illness in the region.

The Spaniard died on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19 last week, having been sent to the Regional Hospital of Malaga for treatment.

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Upon his arrival at the facility, Garcia was found to be suffering from a form of leukemia which made him more vulnerable to the virus currently sweeping the globe.

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It has been reported that the young coach could be the youngest person to have died from coronavirus to date, with the death rate at its highest among those over the age of 70.

Atletico Portada Alta released an official statement via social media following Garcia’s death, which reads: “We want to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and close friends of our coach Francisco García who has left us, unfortunately, today.

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