Napoli Starlet’s Grandmother Dies Celebrating His Serie A Debut


A Napoli starlet’s grandmother has died of a heart attack while celebrating his Serie A debut for the Italian side.

Gianluca Gaetano earned his call up to the Napoli senior squad having impressed senior coaches while playing for the reserves.

The 19-year-old was named on the bench for Napoli’s clash with SPAL, having scored 21 goals and provided eight assists this campaign.

Gianluca Gaetano during the Coppa Italia match between SSC Napoli and US Sassuolo. (Photo Franco Romano/Nurphoto)

Gaetano played the last five minutes of the game at the Stadio San Paolo, which prompted his family to celebrate.

His grandmother Carmela and the rest of his family took to the streets of Naples to mark the huge occasion, with fireworks being set off. However, having had an argument with some neighbours about all the noise, Carmella tragically suffered a heart attack and died.

Gianluca’s dad Gianfelice, called home to speak to his mother after the game but their was no answer.

Pic: Instagram/ Gianluca_Gaetano70

Gaetano took to Instagram to pay tribute to his granny, writing: ‘You saw me making the debut but I couldn’t see you for the last time, I thank you for everything about all the beautiful things done together, for the Christmas dinners and all of the birthdays.

Mamma mia, grandmother, what pizza you made in the oven, how to bake macaroni, sprinkle pasta with pesto and tomato, buy pesto with mushrooms, my goodness. You will stay with me, you will remain in my heart.

‘Thanks for all these years, I’m sorry I didn’t see you for the last time and couldn’t hug you hard. I love you grandma, rest in peace, you will always be with me in my heart.’

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