- Former Wigan Athlectic defender Juan Carlos Garcia is dead
- The former Latics defender died of Leukemia
- He joined Wigan in 2013 and represented Honduras at the 2014 World Cup
Former Wigan full-back Juan Garcia has died at aged 29 after battle with leukemia. Garcia who played at the 2014 World Cup, developed a blood disorder and went to a Manchester hospital for treatment.
The club have confirmed a minute’s silence will be observed before Saturday’s League One home game against Peterborough. “This is such tragic news, and we send our deepest condolences as a club to Juan Carlos’ family and friends, who have had to sit by and watch this sad story unfold over the past few years,” said Latics chairman David Sharpe.
“We have offered what support we can but, despite the best possible treatment at Christie’s Hospital, Juan Carlos has tragically not been able to beat this terrible illness.
“At just 29 years old, he was far too young to be taken and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”
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Garcia was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2015 and he has been battling it since then, the 26-year-old Garcia joined Wigan in 2013 from Olimpia in Honduras.
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