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Former Liverpool FC defender Miki Roque dies at the age of 23

by Richard Buxton. Published Sun 24 Jun 2012 19:14, last updated: 25/06/12

Former Liverpool defender Miki Roque has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 23.

The centre-back joined the Reds in summer 2005 from the now defunct Spanish club Lleida and featured prominently in a triumphant run to the FA Youth Cup final the following year.

Roque made just one senior appearance for the club as a substitute during a Champions League group game against Galatasaray before loan spells with Oldham Athletic, Xerex and Cartagena.

He was released by Liverpool in 2009, when he joined Real Betis and engineered a breakthrough into the La Liga outfit's starting line-up a season later. However his career revival suffered a devastating blow as he was diagnosed with pelvic cancer in March 2011.

Roque's passing comes barely two years after Austrian striker Besian Idrizaj, another player signed by Liverpool in the summer of 2005, died after suffering a heart attack in his sleep.

A statement released by Real Betis read: "The Real Betis player Miquel Roque Farrero, Miki Roque, had died today at the Instituto Dexeus de Barcelona hospital at the age of 23.

"Miki Roque had been battling pelvic cancer since March 2011, a struggle that he fought with fortitude and determination.

"Real Betis send their deepest condolences to the Roque family."

Tonight Liverpool have expressing how "saddened" they were to hear of their former player's death.

Rafael Benitez, who signed Roque, said: "It is a tragedy to lose such a good boy so young."

The former Kop boss was one of several former colleagues to pass on their deepest sympathies, including Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano while compatriots Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique tweeted their condolences from Spain's Euro 2012 base in the Ukraine.

Iniesta said: "I wish to send a big hug and encouragement to the family of Miki Roque. You will be missed."

Pique added: "A big hug to the family of Miki Roque. I knew him from when he played at Liverpool and I at United. Rest in peace, my friend."

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"R.i.p. :( we gona miss you! Of FC Bruges fan!" Yorben46, Kuurne around 3 years ago

"R.I.P mate, from Everton FC" Jay, Liverpool around 3 years ago

"Rest in Peace" Marek, Poland, Wrocław around 3 years ago

"gad bless his family" henok, asmara around 3 years ago

"RIP Miki Roque. May your family and friends stay strong." LA, Banks, Alabama, USA around 3 years ago

"Fußball ist nicht alles. Wichtiger ist es, bedingungslos zusammen zu stehen, wenn die letzte Reise ruft. Schweigen." Sören, Germany around 3 years ago

"I was Youth Coach when he scored our 3rd goal in the YC Final first leg 2006 which proved to be the winner. Top player and fantastic lad.RIP" John Owens, Liverpool around 3 years ago

" iam really sorry such a young life sorry to de family and his love ones pls lverpool buy mose" loveday, nigera around 3 years ago

"So sorry about that! Rest in peace an go on kicking in heaven!" Andrew, Germany around 3 years ago

"RIP Miki. LFC4life!" Woody, Gold Coast, Australia around 3 years ago

"Noone deserves to die so young.. R.I.P You'll never walk alone!" Mads, Denmark around 3 years ago


"You'll Never Walk Alone. Even in death. R.I.P" Fez, Liverpool around 3 years ago

"RIP MIKI. Always liverpool. My deepest sypathy to his family. YWNA. God bless you and your family." phil, london around 3 years ago

"Such a shame. 23 is no age to pass away. My heartfelt condolences go to his family and friends. YNWA (A Liverpool fan)." Alan Cook, England UK around 3 years ago

"A tragic end to a fine young man. God rest his soul." Indyfan, Indianapolis, USA around 3 years ago

"R.I.P You'll never walk alone" Soleman, UK around 3 years ago

"Descanse en paz, gracias por los comentarios desde otros países ... saludos desde España" manuel, cáceres, españa around 3 years ago

"Miki descansa en paz ,mi mas sincero pesame a la familia y amigos." jose luis, malaga around 3 years ago

"You'll never walk alone! Condolences to all his mates and family" Luuk Morsink, De Lutte around 3 years ago

"RIP Miki, remember watching you at latics, sleep well, condolances to his family" Rob Stockford, Bagshot around 3 years ago

"Really sorry to hear that. He was a great player, condolences to all his mates and family. :(" Olz, Neath around 3 years ago

"Such a young life my thought's are with your family , friends and loved ones YMWA #htfc xx" Judith, Huddersfield England around 3 years ago

"Taken so young, may God bless his family and loved ones. God Bless" Jake, SA around 3 years ago

"RIP Miki Roque. Condolences to all who knew him." strazzaque, Sydney, Australia around 3 years ago

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