Former football club owner Maurizio Zamparini and his family are in ‘terrible pain’ after his 23-year-old son was found dead in his London apartment.
The former Palermo football club president, 60, is said to be on his way to the English capital with his partner Laura Giordani, 53, after their son Armando was found dead on Thursday morning.
Armando, 23, was found in his Mayfair apartment where he had lived with a friend for a few years, just one day before he was due to start a new job. Corriere della Sera reported.
Mr Zamparini said he texted his son Armando, also known as Armandino, on Thursday to wish him luck but “never got a reply.”
Maurizio Zamparini (pictured), 60, is believed to be on his way to the English capital with his partner Laura Giordani, 53, after their son Armando was found dead on Thursday morning
Armando (pictured), 23, was found in his Mayfair apartment, where he had lived with a friend for a few years, just one day before he was due to start a new job
He told Republic: ‘I never got an answer. Because Armandino passed away the day before yesterday. It’s an endless tragedy.’
Armando was found on Thursday by a maid, who immediately raised the alarm and called an ambulance, but Armando was “already dead,” according to Mr Zamparini.
The circumstances surrounding the 23-year-old’s death have yet to be determined and medical investigations are underway.
Initial tests are reported to lead to cardiac arrest or a fatal illness.
Mr Zamparini said: ‘He suffered from severe asthmatic bronchitis in the past which gave him several problems, but nothing else that I know of.’
The lawyers for the entrepreneur and his wife confirmed that Armando had died “peacefully” and said his body would be returned to Italy for burial.
The devastated father of five told Mr. Zamparini, “I’ve been through a lot in my life, now this too, it’s not fair.”
The former football boss has had a rough couple of years going through the process of selling the Sicilian club he bought and took to the top of Serie A.
Mr Zamparini (pictured) said he texted his son Armando, also known as Armandino, on Thursday to wish him the best of luck, but “never got a reply.”
Palermo FC expressed their condolences to the former patron and his family in a letter: “The memory of ‘Armandino’ is and will remain vivid among the Palermo staff who met and watched him grow during Zamparini’s presidency in the Viale del Fant.
“Our deepest condolences to Armando’s parents and relatives.”
Piero Grasso, a former prosecutor and a friend of Mr Zamparini, said: ‘What has happened is an unnatural event: parents cannot watch a child die.’
Armando, who had a master’s degree in management, is the youngest of Mr Zamparini’s five children and is his only child from his second marriage to Laura Giordani.
The 80-year-old’s four other children – Silvana, Greta, Andrea and Diego – are from his first marriage.
Mr. Zamparini owned the Città di Palermo American football club from July 2002 to February 2017 and briefly from July 2017 to December 2018.
Mr Zamparini made early success with the club but was known for his restless relationships with club managers, going through 45 different managers while owning the team, according to world football talk.
He sold the Italian club to English investors in a ‘takeover’, but they reportedly had to incur around €20 million in debt after buying the club.
The takeover lasted just two months when Daniela De Angeli, an employee of Zamparini, bought the club in 2018.
But Palermo was sold again in April 2019, with Italian company Arkus Network becoming the club’s third new owner in less than six months.