On Sunday morning, the 26-year-old Benik Afobe released a statement revealing his daughter died on Friday having ‘unexpectedly developed a severe infection’.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that the Afobe family have today confirmed the devastating news that their first child, their beloved daughter Amora, 2, passed away late on Friday evening,” it read.
“Amora was taken to hospital for treatment after unexpectedly developing a severe infection.
“Unfortunately she then suffered a number of serious complications and, despite doctors doing absolutely everything that they possibly could, Amora passed away peacefully with the love of her family by her side.
“The entire family have been left totally devastated and heartbroken, and would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult time.”
Benik Afobe joined Bristol City on loan from Stoke in the summer and the Championship club tweeted: “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Stoke City are with Benik Afobe following this morning’s tragic news. We’ll be with you, Benik.”
The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Stoke City are with Benik Afobe following this morning's tragic news.
We'll be with you, Benik. pic.twitter.com/nVXQTtLfZx
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) December 1, 2019
Bristol City, meanwhile, dedicated the 5-2 win against Huddersfield to Afobe and his wife, Lois.
Players were told the tragic news immediately after wards and chief executive, Mark Ashton, said: “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Bristol City are with Benik and his wife Lois at this tragic time. We cannot imagine the heartache they are feeling and we will do all we can to support them.”
Head coach, Lee Johnson said: “I’d like to dedicate that win to the big man and his family – much love to you all.”