Former Liverpool star Roberto Firmino’s father has died at the age of 62 after experiencing a heart attack.
Jose Roberto Cordeiro de Oliveira became ill while on a family trip to Dubai, where his Brazil international son is currently playing for Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli in the Middle East. Earlier in the week, family members had shared photos from the vacation, including a visit to an amusement park.
Firmino’s advisors and close friends confirmed the news of Jose’s death. The 32-year-old forward subsequently posted his own tribute on social media. Family members are currently in contact with the Brazilian embassy in the UAE, working to facilitate the return of Jose’s body to South America.
Furthermore, Firmino has maintained a close relationship with his parents, who played a pivotal role in supporting his journey to become a professional sports star. In his book, ‘Si Senor – My Liverpool Years,’ he expressed, “Not all heroes wear capes; some are called father. My father, Jose, was my childhood hero, an inspiration, and an example. A generous, serious, honest man dedicated to his family.”
Thus, Firmino’s childhood club, CRB based in Maceio, expressed their condolences, stating, “The Clube de Regatas Brasil deeply regrets the death of Jose Roberto Cordeiro de Oliveira, father of Roberto Firmino, who passed away this weekend. He has always been a devoted Galo de Campina fan and took great pride in seeing his son unveiled in football with the whirlpool shirt. Rest in peace, Jose Roberto.”