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Former Benfica and Porto star, Vasili Kulkov dies of COVID-19

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RUSSIAN football star, Vasili Kulkov has been confirmed dead after prolonged battle with cancer but eventually died of coronavirus at the age of 54.

    Kulkov made his name with Millwall during his short-term loan deal with them as he endured esophagus cancer treatment.

The former football star was declared dead over the weekend shortly after he was said to have contracted the deadly coronavirus.

Kulkov who also enjoyed two stints with Russian topflight side Spartak Moscow passed away on the same day he clocked 54.

According to SunSport, the  former defender who also doubles as a defensive midfielder was said to have been undergoing chemotherapy for esophagus cancer,Confirming his death, Kulkov’s wife, Elena Makharadze  said her husband’s death was most devastating to her.

It will be recalled that the late defender made over 400 appearances during his active period for 11 different clubs before hanging his boots about 20 years ago.

He played just six games while on a short term loan deal move to Millwall but he appeared more popular at the English club than anywhere else.

 Report says, Kulkov was recommended to The Lions boss back then, Mick McCarthy by the legendary Bobby Robson alongside his countryman, Sergei Yuran, back in 1996.

The deceased made his name after scoring against Arsenal in the 1992 European Cup during his loan spell.

His agent led the tributes to his passing and revealed that the defensive midfielder, who could also play at centre-back, had been unwell for a year.

Speaking to Portuguese daily Diario de Noticias, Paulo Barbosa  described the news as a sad one. “He had been fighting cancer for over a year and was hopeful. Unfortunately, he was unable to win this battle.. He stated.

“We were good friends and we used to talk. We were together about a year ago. He was a huge football player and he was a special person.” Barbosa said.

Kulkov was said to have already kicked off his coaching career having started as an assistant coach at Marítimo.

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