The Denmark intentional footballer, and ITV pundit for the World Cup 2022, Nadia Nadim has revealed that her mother has died after being hit by a truck.
The International and Racing Louisville forward, who was born in Afghanistan but fled the nation with her mother and sister after her father was executed by the Taliban, released the news on a social media account.
Nadim left the studio during ITV's coverage of Denmark vs Tunisia on Tuesday, with no specific reason given for her absence at the time of the live broadcast. Many fans were left wondering why she was absent when the game finished.
But now Nadim, 34, has shared news of her mother's death on Instagram.
"Tuesday morning my mother was killed by a truck," she wrote. "She was on her way back from the gym. Words can not describe how I'm feeling. I have lost the most important person in my life and it happened so sudden and unexpected.
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"She was only 57," she added. "I have lost the most important person in my life and it happened so sudden and unexpected. She was only 57.
"She was a warrior who had fought for every inch of her life. She didn’t give me life once but twice, and everything I/ we are is because of her. I have lost my home and I know nothings gonna ever feel the same.
"Life is unfair," the post concluded. "And I don’t understand why her and why this way. I love you and I will see you again."
In a recent interview with FourFourTwo, Nadim recounted her early life, in which her mother led her and her sisters out of Afghanistan, with the help of a group of smugglers. The family arrived in Denmark after spending many hours traveling through Europe in the back of a truck. When they finally reached Denmark, they were required to live in a refugee camp until a permanent home could be found.
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