Former Olympique de Marseille President Pape Diouf, 68-year-old, has died Tuesday evening after contracting coronavirus.
He had recently traveled to several countries in the West Africa region. Diouf had been hospitalized in Dakar , placed on respiratory assistance. He was Marseille's president from 2005 to 2009. He was the first to die from COVID 19 in Senegal. Pape Diouf was to be repatriated from Dakar to Nice by medical plane, but his condition deteriorated, the flight could not take off, and he died on Senegalese soil. Pape Diouf was the first black president of a major European club. Before he was a journalist and player agent.
Pape Diouf had notably helped to build the French champion team in 2010, after 17 years without titles for OM. "It is with great sadness that Olympique de Marseille learned of the death of Pape Diouf," the team said in a statement. "Journalist, agent, president of Olympique de Marseille from 2005 to 2009, Pape Diouf dedicated his whole life in service of football," said a Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) statement. „Today French football lost a great man," said former Liverpool and France striker Djibril Cissé.