Tragic: Reims club doctor Bernard Gonzalez committed suicide
Ligue 1 side Reims posted a harrowing message on Sunday night.
Reims have confirmed that club doctor Bernard Gonzalez had committed suicide.
The French club posted the following message on social media.
Médecin. Artiste. Stadiste.
— Stade de Reims (@StadeDeReims) April 5, 2020
Bernard Gonzalez & his wife contracted Covid-19
Le Parisien report that Bernard Gonzalez took his own life after contracting coronavirus.
The newspaper reveal that the Reims doctor wrote a detailed suicide note, which confirmed he picked up the virus.
Moreover, Bernard Gonzalez’s wife has also contracted Covid-19.
Tributes pour in for Bernard Gonzalez
Bernard Gonzalez was 60-years-young.
He had worked at Reims for 20-years.
Arnaud Robine, the mayor of the city, reacted to the tragedy, saying:
He was the club doctor. A great professional, recognized and appreciated by all. My thoughts are for his parents, for his wife, his family.
He is a collateral victim of Covid-19. I know he left a note to explain his gesture. But I ignore its content.
On the club’s website, Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot paid the following tribute:
Words fail me, I am stunned by this news.
This pandemic affects Stade de Reims in the heart, it is a personality of Reims and a great professional of the sport who left us.
His mission to the club of more than 20 years has been carried out with the utmost professionalism, in a passionate and even selfless manner.
Doctor Gonzalez, in the harshest periods of the club, thus worked on a voluntary basis.
He is my personal doctor, and today all my thoughts, those of the club of which he will remain a strong figure, go to his wife and his parents. Today it is a drama that strikes us.
L’Equipe have spoken to Reims manager David Guion about the shocking event. Guion said:
My president has just informed me. It’s very difficult to talk about it. We’re in shock.
He left a letter explaining his gesture. I do not know more. I can’t afford to talk about it anymore.
More reactions from the Reims players
Les mots me manquent mais merci pour tout.
Repose en paix Doc 🙏🏻⭐️
No words for the news i’ve just had…
Thanks for everything what you did for me and my family in that 1 year…
RIP Doc ❤️@StadeDeReims
— Bjorn Engels (@BjornEngels) April 5, 2020
Profondément attristé par le décès de Bernard Gonzalez, un excellent docteur, un homme bon, toujours souriant. Mes plus sincères condoléances à sa famille et ses proches.
Merci pour tout Doc 🕊❤️🙏🏾
— Hamari Traore (@hamari27) April 5, 2020
— Alaixys Romao (@AlaixysRomao) April 5, 2020
RIP DOCTOR GONZALEZ 💔🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/sINyxAYtdS
— Marshall Nyasha Munetsi (@MarshallMunetsi) April 5, 2020
— Julian Jeanvier (@Ju_dpom) April 5, 2020
Abasourdi d’apprendre tragiquement le décès de notre doc Bernard Gonzalez…
Sincères condoléances à l’ensemble ses proches !!!
Repose en paix Doc🙏🕊
— Mathieu Cafaro (@CafaroMathieu) April 5, 2020
This article was edited by Ben Green.