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OFFICIAL: Real Madrid's announcement on Cruyff's passing

The Dutch legend passed away this morning.

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Johan Cruyff passed away this morning and Real Madrid published a letter signed by Florentino Pérez right after.

A footballing legend, an icon of the sport, has passed away. I would like to express my deep sorrow following the death of Johan Cruyff and offer, on behalf of Real Madrid, and all Real Madrid supporters, our condolences and sympathy to F.C Barcelona and above all to his wife and children. He was an extraordinary player who defined an era, and therefore today is a very sad day for the footballing world.

Florentino Pérez

The family of Johan Cruyff announced the death of the Dutch legend this morning via his official website.

On March 24 2016 Johan Cruyff (68) died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer. It's with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family's privacy during their time of grief.

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