Just hours after formally handing over the Siena Presidency to new owners, former patron Paolo De Luca has died at the age of 64.
The native Neapolitan had taken the Tuscan club to their first ever top flight campaign in 2003, but announced plans to sell up earlier this season.
On Friday the paperwork was finally completed to hand over the reins to Pier Luigi Fabrizi, part of a conglomerate of local businessmen taking charge of the side.
It has now been revealed why De Luca was so eager to see Siena financially stabilised quickly. He passed away last night in Naples after a long illness.
Siena have asked the Lega Calcio to play with a black armband during this afternoon’s Serie A game against Reggina at the Stadio Granillo.
“Paolo De Luca has left us,” read a club statement. “We like to remember him happy and moved in the great moments of joy he spent with the side and the city in these years in which he took Robur to the top of the national game.
“Destiny wanted that De Luca should go the day after handing over the Presidency of Siena. For Robur he will always remain the President of a dream that became reality.
“To wife Paola, children Ciro, Dario, Alessandro, Selvaggia and his whole family go the most heartfelt condolences of A.C. Siena in its entirety.”