November 21st, 2011

Gone Too Soon: Little Luca Jones

Images: REUTERS/David W Cerny, via tumblr.

A minute’s silence was held prior to Melbourne Victory’s league fixture vs. Perth Glory this weekend, after it was announced that Luca Jones, son of Socceroo’s goalkeeper Brad Jones (above), had passed away.

Luca, who was five-years-old, had been battling leukaemia for eighteen months. He was diagnosed just prior to the Australian NT’s 2010 World Cup campaign, causing his dad to abandon his dream of playing in a major tournament and race to his side. At the time, Brad was playing his league soccer for Middlesbrough but has since moved to Liverpool.

Please join us in sending our deepest condolences to Brad and his partner Dani at this difficult time.

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24 Responses to “Gone Too Soon: Little Luca Jones”

  1. elsebethynwa says:

    Very sad story. Last month Brad and his girfriend, who is the not the mother ( Luca's mother lived in France with Luca) gave a beartbreaking interview about Luca. I couldn't help but crying when I heard it. Poor Brad and his family. Liverpool players dedicated the win over Chelsea to Luca and Charlie Adam and Pepe Reina mentioned in post match interview that it was dedicated to him. Here is the video where Brad talks about Luca:…

  2. Gillian says:

    So sad. Rest in peace, little one.

  3. DrStrangelove says:

    Terrible, awful news. Thoughts go out to them.

  4. earidurt says:

    this has broken my heart……i can't help but feel so terrible. what a sweet little boy. there is nothing more painful than losing your child. :( my deepest condolences.

  5. littlegreenpea says:

    how sad…. :( best wishes to the family during this hard time…

  6. xoWinnie says:

    there's nothing worse than the death of a child in my opinion
    and knowing that he had to go through so much,
    living18 months of his life with one of the most terrible cancers
    just breaks my heart :(

    rest in paradise little man.
    my deepest and sincerest condolences go out to Brad Jones and his family

  7. Catie2838 says:

    This has just been a day of heartbreaking sports news. That poor sweet chid, I can't imagine what it must be like to have to battle something like that and face your own mortality at such a young age. And to witness that struggle as a parent? It's overwhelming to wrap my head around. RIP little Luca, and I'm sending out the biggest virtual hug I can to Brad and Dani.

  8. FootyGirl says:

    RIP Luca. Sleep well.

  9. Gladys says:

    I was wondering what the black armbands were on Sunday. What a sad sad story. I feel so bad for the parents. My heart really goes out to them.

  10. Rachael says:

    My heart goes out to them may this liitle star continue to shine brightly in heaven.

  11. ArsenalFiesta says:

    My condolences to brad and his family! It’s an awful feeling when ur child dies! May the little dude R.I.P!! Amen!

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  13. Rosey says:

    So sad :(

  14. Sarah, Madrid says:

    I know how this feel, I lost a loved one to this terrible illness, my heart goes to the family.

    RIP little angel, I know he is in better place :'

  15. tough crowd! says:

    my condolences to the entire family, may his soul R.I.P!

  16. Kristina says:

    It's so so sad. I have spent a lot of time babysitting my nephews this weekend, which makes this news even harder to take in. No kid should have to go through something like this. And no parent should have to bury their child. My thoughts are with Brad and his wife. And with little Luca.

  17. Sarah, Madrid says:

    I know how it feels to lose someone close to this terrible illness, my hearts goes to him and his family.

    RIP little angel, I know he is in better place!

  18. Mel says:

    It's always sad and very wrong when children die!!! He had so much to experience. I offer my condolences!!!!

  19. dominique says:

    i know hes in heaven R.I.P little angle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Mariëlla says:

    This is so sad. I will pray for them tonight

  21. Miss XOXO says:

    May GOD bless you liitle hero…

  22. Kat22 says:

    Things like this always make me wonder why this world is so cruel. Very very sad.

    Thought it was a nice touch of the Liverpool players to wear black armbands in yesterday's game.

  23. Hot4Spurs says:

    So sad about this. Such a little person leaves the biggest impact on all of us. To Brad and his family, YNWA.