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Mourinho posts touching photo on Instagram after dad Felix dies, aged 79

Date Posted,June 25, 2017

Jose Mourinho‘s father Felix has died at the age of 79.

Paying tribute to his dad on Instagram, the grieving Manchester United boss posted a touching black and white picture of them together from when he was a child.

Benfica, managed by the Special One in 2000, also took to social media to express their condolences.

The Premeira Liga side tweeted: “Sport Lisboa e Benfica addresses the most heartfelt condolences to Jose Mourinho, on the death of his father Felix Mourinho.”

Mourinho with his father (Photo: EMPICS)

Jose Manuel Mourinho Felix made more than 250 appearances as a goalkeeper for Portuguese sides Vitoria and Belenenses, winning one senior cap for Portugal.

He also coached Jose during his son’s early playing days as part of a 20-year managerial career, which took in some 11 clubs.

A statement on the Belenenses website said: “At this particularly difficult moment, and on behalf of the entire Belenese family, the football club sends all his family and friends, especially his wife and son Jose Mourinho, the deepest condolences.

“The club also informs that the body will be from Monday morning in the Chapel of Socorro, in Setubal. A mass is held on Tuesday at 10am, with the funeral going out at 11am.”

Vitoria’s website added: “Vitoria FC regrets to inform the death of its former player, coach and leader Jose Manuel Mourinho Felix and expresses its deep solidarity and condolences to the bereaved family.

“Jose Manuel Mourinho Felix was a goalkeeper for Vitoria FC for more than a dozen seasons and came to represent the national team.

“After finishing his career as a player, he was a coach for more than two decades and finished his football career as a sports director for Vitoria FC.

Jose Mourinho is mourning the loss of his father
Mourinho is mourning the loss of his father (Photo: Handout)

“One of the highest points of his career was his participation in winning the first Portuguese Cup for Vitoria FC in 1964/1965, with a 3-1 victory over Benfica in the final.

“The body of Jose Mourinho’s father goes to Socorro Chapel on Monday morning. At 10am on Tuesday there is a mass and the funeral takes place at 11am.”

Felix is believed to have been suffering ill health for several months, with 54-year-old Jose flying back to Portugal last season to see him.

He was in and out of hospital during his son’s second stint at Chelsea and was rushed into care suffering with pneumonia last June.

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