“Philousports”, a personality widely followed on social networks for his comments on sports news, died on Saturday, June 19 at the age of 49. “Philippe Vignolo died around 5.30 pm of a heart attack in his village of Pietracorbara”, in Corsica, indicated in an email to AFP Les Agents associés, the communication agency which represented him.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved @philousports. We wish we never had to. You were everything to him. He loved you so much », had previously indicated the agency Associated Agents in a tweet.
We are very sad to announce the death of our @philousports loved so much. We wish we never had to. You were everything to him. He loved you so much.
– Associate Agents (@ArteroBorriello) June 19, 2021
Wave of tributes
The announcement of his death immediately triggered a wave of tributes mainly from the world of sport, in the first place from the striker of the France team Kylian Mbappé who is currently participating in the Euro football. “An admirable person, with whom I had the chance to exchange. An example for all. A lover of football and life. Sad news. Rest in peace my Philou “, tweeted Mbappe, caption of a photo showing him with Philousports.
An admirable person, with whom I had the chance to exchange.
An example for all.
A lover of football and life. Sad news.
Rest in peace my Philou
😢🙏🏽🕊🙌🏽 …. pic.twitter.com/jWo64rPPvQ
– Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) June 19, 2021
The Nantes, Saint-Étienne and Olympique de Marseille football clubs, the French Rugby Federation among others also paid tribute to the one presented by the French Olympic and Paralympic team as “A source of daily inspiration”.
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Myopath and moving in a wheelchair, Philousports, supporter of OM, had made a name on social networks by following sports news that he commented with humorous tweets, photos and other GIFS (animated images, Editor’s note ). His Twitter account is followed by more than 270,000 subscribers. He had published in 2019 a biography Me, Philousports, the Zidane of GIF.