Atalanta midfielder Andrea Rinaldi has died aged 19 after suffering a brain aneurysm on Friday while training at home during the coronavirus lockdown.
Rinaldi was part of the youth system at Atalanta and had been on loan at Serie D side Legnano this season.
“Always available and positive, he knew how to make himself well-liked by everyone,” said an Atalanta statement.
Legnano described Rinaldi’s death as “a sudden and shocking tragedy, impossible even to imagine”.
Legnano’s statement, which confirmed the cause of death, added: “Andrea fought for three days after the illness that hit him. Unfortunately there was nothing to do.”
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Italian media reported that Rinaldi died at hospital in Varese on Monday morning.
Rinaldi had been at Serie A side Atalanta since the age of 13, winning the Under-17 league title and Super Cup in 2016.
He previously had loans spells at Imolese and Mezzolara and had made 23 appearances for Legnano this season, scoring one goal.
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“Just as on the pitch you were always the last to surrender, this time too you fought with all your might not to fly away too soon,” Atalanta’s statement added.
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