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Carlo de Leeuw has passed away at the age of 59

It is with great sadness that Feyenoord has heard of the passing of Carlo de Leeuw. The Rotterdammer, who was first team kitman, passed away on Thursday aged 59.

Carlo was diagnosed with cancer this preseason. He underwent gruelling surgery, but that was only the start of a fight that he ultimately lost.

Born on 12 December 1960 in Rotterdam IJsselmonde, Carlo grew up with Feyenoord. He came through the youth academy at Varkenoord and graduated to the first team, appearing 45 times on the left wing. The highlight of his career was a goal in the 1980 KNVB Cup final in which Feyenoord beat Ajax. 

After retiring as a player, Carlo returned to Feyenoord in 2000 as first-team kitman, a role he soon made his own. He held the job up to the beginning of this season and was a valuable member of the team at De Kuip.

At the request of Carlo de Leeuw and his family, the funeral will be a private affair. Fans who would like to show their sympathy are invited to sign the book of condolences in the Maas Building or leave a message on this page

On behalf of everyone at Feyenoord, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to all those left behind in this difficult time.