Belgian Footballer Passes Away Aged 28 After Brave Cancer Battle
Miguel van Damme, 28, has tragically passed away following a lengthy and brave battle with Leukaemia.
Van Damme leaves behind his wife and young daughter. He was first diagnosed with the illness while receiving a routine medical check-up ahead of the 2016/17 season. The goalkeeper fought the illness on and off over a period of five-and-a-half years.
In what was a heart-breaking update, Van Damme told fans in September 2020 that having fought and beat the illness twice before – it had returned for a third time and this time it had been deemed incurable. His death was confirmed by wife Kyana Dobbelaere on Instagram.
Kyana wrote: “Our dearest darling, daddy left for his last match last night, a match that can no longer be won. You left us very slowly, yet you did it again in your own way…very strong. You fought like a lion. We are so thankful for who you were. An example for many.
“You have made me realise that there is no such thing as giving up, even if there was only that one small glimmer of success, time and again you got over it. Rest now darling you have more than earned it, you are now freed from all pain. We would love to see you. Big hug from your two girls. See you later.”