Gennaro Gattuso , a Naples coach , lost his sister Francesca , 37, on Tuesday to a serious illness , the Neapolitan team said in an official statement.

"(The president) Aurelio De Laurentiis, with his wife Jacqueline and his sons Luigi, Edoardo and Valentina, the directors, the technical staff, the team, the entire SSC Napoli and Filmauro (the Neapolitan president's film company) embrace tightly Rino Gattuso and participate in the immense pain for the death of Sister Francesca, "wrote the club" azzurro ".

Francesca Gattuso, Gattuso's younger sister, had been admitted to a hospital in Busto Arsizio, in Lombardy (north) for several months, due to a serious illness and died on Tuesday.

Gennaro Gattuso, who had started a few days ago to lead the group training sessions for Naples, left the southern city to travel to Lombardy after learning of his sister's death.

Also Milan, the club with which Gattuso conquered two Champions Leagues and two league titles in his playing career, joined the pain of his former midfielder with a note on his "Twitter" account. "Francesca Gattuso faced her illness with the same strength and energy that she carried every day to Milan and the Milanello sports center. Rino, your immense pain and that of your family is also ours. Rest in peace dear Francesca," wrote the club. Milanese.

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