Football: Kim Clijsters' father dies

5th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Leo Clijsters, former Belgian international, has died at age 52.

BRUSSELS - Former Belgian international Leo Clijsters, father of former tennis world number one Kim, died on Sunday aged 52 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Clijsters - capped 40 times and a member of the Belgium team that reached the 1986 World Cup semi-finals - was surrounded by his family when he died.

Clijsters, who was named Belgian player of the year in 1988 and won the Cup Winners Cup in 1988 with Mechelen, had announced he was seriously ill early last year shortly after Kim had retired from the tennis circuit.

Kim had wanted to give him a grandchild before he died and her wish came true when she and husband Brian Lynch had a baby daughter Jada in February last year.


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