Philousports, a personality widely followed on social networks for his comments on sports news, died Saturday, June 19 at the age of 49, announced to Agence France-Presse (AFP) the communication agency that represented.
“Philippe Vignolo died around 5.30 pm of a heart attack in his village of Pietracorbara”, in Corsica, the agency Les Agents associés reported in an email.
“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 », the Associated Agents agency previously said in a tweet.
A tribute from Kylian Mbappe
The announcement of his death immediately triggered a wave of tributes mainly from the world of sport, first of all from the striker of the France team Kylian Mbappe 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 … https://t.co/msuDnHyCZT
Nantes, Saint-Etienne 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”.
Miopath 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, these animated images. His Twitter account is followed by more than 260,000 subscribers. He had published in 2019 a biography Me, Philousports, the Zidane of GIF.