The father of Aston Villa manager, Dean Smith, has died after contracting coronavirus.
The Premier League club announced in a statement that Ron Smith, 79, had been living in a care home since he was diagnosed with dementia in 2014.
Villa said Ron contracted COVID-19 four weeks ago and died in hospital.
Ron, the club said, was a lifelong fan of Villa and also served as a steward who “passed on his love for the club to his children.”
In April Manchester City announced that the mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had died after contracting coronavirus.
The club announced 82-year-old Dolors Sala Carrió’s death in a tweet, adding that she had passed on in Manresa, Barcelona.