For almost two years, the former professional soccer player Gints Freimanis fought against cancer. Now he has lost it at the age of 38.
Riga – Former footballer Gints Freimanis once played in the Latvian first league and for the Latvian national team. On Monday, the 38-year-old died of complications from skin cancer.
|Born:||9 May 1985, Saldus, Latvia|
Two-year battle with cancer
In October 2021, Freimanis received the bad news. At the age of 36, the Latvian was diagnosed with stage 4 skin cancer. The doctors tell him that they have found metastases in the liver, kidneys and lungs.
But the former Latvian international did not give up and is fighting cancer. With surgery and chemotherapy, he wanted to beat the cancer and these went well. In January, metastases were found in the brain. He passed away on Monday at the age of 38.
Gints Freimanis has died after a long illness. © IMAGO / ANP
Latvian Football Association expresses its condolences
The Latvian Football Association announced on Tuesday that Freimanis passed away on Monday. "Gints Freimanis will always be remembered by fans as an unyielding fighter on the field who was ready for anything for his team," the federation said in a statement.
The association also expressed its condolences to the bereaved families of the former midfielder: "At this sad moment, the LFF expresses its deepest condolences to Gint's family, relatives, friends, colleagues and the entire Latvian football community."
Gints Freimanis will always be remembered by fans as a relentless fighter on the field, ready for anything for his team.
Latvian Football Association
Gints Freimanis dedicated his life to sport
Freimanis dedicated his life to football. The midfielder played most of his career in Latvia, where he began his career with FK Ventspils in 2005. In addition to a year in Ireland, a one-and-a-half-year intermezzo moved him to Greifswald in the NOFV-Oberliga in 2012. In Latvia, he won the cup four times.
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He made his debut for the Latvian national team in 2014 and then made a total of 13 appearances for his national team, scoring one goal. After ending his career in 2019, Freimanis remained loyal to the sport. Until his death, he was employed as sporting director at the Latvian second division club Leevon Saldus.