The man who presided Real Madrid between 1995 and 2000 has died.
Lorenzo Sanz passed on at the age of 76, his son Lorenzo said on Saturday.
The former Real president was taken to hospital on Tuesday, with newspaper El Mundo saying he had been suffering from the novel coronavirus. His son said he had a respiratory disease.
Under Sanz’s watch, the club won two Champions League titles in 1998 and 2000 and one La Liga crown among other trophies.
Their 1998 Champions League triumph was the first time they had won Europe’s top prize, which they have lifted a record 13 times, in 32 years.
“My father has just passed away. He didn’t deserve it to end this way. One of the most brave and hard working people who I have known in my life has left us,” Lorenzo Sanz Jr. said on Twitter.
Sanz’s condition worsened on Wednesday afternoon due to kidney failure.
The former Real Madrid president had issues with his kidneys in the past prior to contracting COVID-19. He also suffered from high blood pressure, which also complicated the situation.