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 president of Palermo football club, 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, 23, was found in his Mayfair apartment, where he had lived for a few years with a friend, just one day before he was due to start a new job, Corriere Della Sera reported.
Mr Zamparini said he sent his son Armando, also known as Armandino, a text message on Thursday wishing him good luck but ‘never received an answer’.
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 for a few years with a friend, just one day before he was due to start a new job
He told Repubblica: ‘I never received an answer. Because Armandino died the day before yesterday. It is an endless tragedy.’
Armando was found by a maid on Thursday, who immediately raised the alarm and called an ambulance, but Armando was ‘already dead’, according to Mr Zamparini.
The circumstances around the 23-year-old’s death are yet to be determined and medical investigations are underway.
After initial tests, a cardiocirculatory arrest or a fatal illness is reportedly suspected.
Mr Zamparini said: ‘He suffered from severe asthmatic bronchitis in the past, which gave him various problems, but nothing else that I know of.’
The lawyers of the entrepreneur and his wife confirmed that Armando had passed away ‘peacefully’ and said his body would be taken back to Italy to be buried.
Devastated father-of-five Mr Zamparini said: ‘I’ve been through a lot in my life, now even this too, it’s not fair.’
The former football boss has had a difficult few years due to the trial on the sale of the Sicilian club he bought and raised to the top of Serie A.
Mr Zamparini (pictured) said he sent his son Armando, also known as Armandino, a text message on Thursday wishing him good luck but ‘never received an answer’
Palermo FC sent their condolences to the former patron and his family in a letter, saying: ‘The memory of ‘Armandino’ is and will remain vivid in the Palermo collaborators who met him and saw him grow during the period of Zamparini’s presidency in Viale del Fante.
‘To Armando’s parents and family members, our deepest condolences.’
Piero Grasso, a former public prosecutor and a friend of Mr Zamparini’s, said: ‘What happened is an unnatural event: parents cannot see 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 with Laura Giordani.
The 80-year-old’s four other children – Silvana, Greta, Andrea and Diego – are from his first marriage.
Mr Zamparini owned US Città di Palermo football club from July 2002 until February 2017 and briefly again from July 2017 until December 2018.
Mr Zamparini soared to early success with the club but was known for his restless relationships with club managers, going through 45 different managers while he owned the team, according to World Soccer Talk.
He sold the Italian club to English investors in a ‘takeover’ but they reportedly had to take on a debt of around €20million after purchasing the club.
The takeover lasted just two months as Daniela De Angeli, an associate of Zamparini, bought the club in 2018.
But Palermo was sold again in April 2019, with Italian business Arkus Network becoming the third new owner of the club in less than six months.