French Ligue One side Reims through President Jean-Pierre Caillot has confirmed the death of club doctor Bernard Gonzalez due to Coronavirus.
French newspaper Le Parisien reported that Gonzalez committed suicide after contracting the virus with claims that he left a note before taking his own life.
The club however in a statement did not confirm the circumstances surrounding Gonzalez's death. Instead, they paid a tribute to the man and his passions, before Caillot expressed his shock.
The Ligue 1 club posted a tribute to the 60-year-old on Sunday, describing Gonzalez-who was said to be isolated with his wife after testing positive for the virus-as "a man of science and literature, with inexhaustible curiosity".
The statement noted: "Words fail me, I am stunned, prostrate before this news.
"This pandemic affects Stade de Reims in the heart. This is a personality of Reims and a great professional of the sport who left us.
"His mission to the club of more than 20 years has been carried out with the utmost professionalism, in a passionate and even selfless manner."
Médecin. Artiste. Stadiste.— Stade de Reims (@StadeDeReims) April 5, 2020