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Nadia Nadim, ITV’s World Cup pundit and Danish striker, said she had ‘lost the most important person in my life’ after the sudden death of her mother.
The former Manchester City player, 34, left the broadcaster’s coverage of the 0-0 draw with Denmark and Tunisia on Tuesday.
Nadim revealed that his mother died after being hit by a truck on Tuesday morning on her way home from the gym.
“Words cannot describe how I feel,” she said.
In a statement on Wednesday, she wrote: “I lost the most important person in my life and it happened so suddenly and unexpectedly. She was only 57.
“She was a warrior who fought for every inch of her life. She gave me life not once but twice, and everything I/we are is because of her.
“I lost my home and I know nothing will ever be the same. Life is unfair and I don’t understand why it and why this way. I love you and I will see you again.”
“Everyone at ITV, those who work with Nadia in Qatar and the entire company, are deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic news,” says ITV.
“We have offered our support to Nadia and our hearts go out to her and her loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.”
Nadim was born in Afghanistan and her family fled to Denmark after her father, an army general, was executed by the Taliban in 2000.
She then played for clubs such as Portland Thorns and Paris St-Germain, scoring 38 goals in 103 games for Denmark.
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