Cristiano Ronaldo says his young son has passed away

International soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner announced Monday that their baby boy, one of their much-anticipated twins, has passed away.

Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez released a joint statement on social media saying “their baby boy has passed away”. The couple shared that they were expecting twins in October and revealed in December they were expecting both a boy and a girl.

“Our baby boy, he is our angel,” the couple said Monday. “We will always love you.”

Ronaldo and Rodriguez did not detail how their son died and asked for confidentiality while they grieve. They say their daughter is still alive.

“It’s the biggest pain any parent can feel,” Ronaldo said. “Only the birth of our daughter gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness.”

Ronaldo is the father of four other children, including a set of twins.

Manchester United, Ronaldo’s team, tweeted on Monday“Your pain is our pain… Sending love and strength to you and your family at this time.”

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