ITV World Cup reveals her mother is dead after being hit by a truck

ITV World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim was forced off air after learning her mother had been killed by a truck: Heartbroken star says she’s ‘lost the most important person’ in her life after ‘sudden’ tragedy

  • Nadia Nadim revealed through her Instagram page today that her mother had died after being hit by a truck 
  • The news came after the World Cup pundit, 34, suddenly left the ITV studio during Denmark v Tunisia match 
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World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim has revealed her mother’s sudden death caused her to abruptly leave during ITV’s coverage of a live game. 

Viewers noticed how the women’s football star and refugee, 34, had been part of broadcaster’s coverage of Denmark’s goalless draw with Tunisia on Tuesday, but was no longer present in the studio after the final whistle.

ITV confirmed she had left the studio early, but refused to elaborate further before the news broke on Wednesday afternoon. 

The analyst confirmed today she was forced to suddenly leave as her mother was killed by a truck while on her way back from the gym.

 ITV ‘s World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim has revealed her mother has died after being killed by a truck while on her way back from the gym

The Afghan football star and former refugee is pictured with her mother (right) before her passing

Nadia revealed the tragic news on her Instagram page today (pictured)

 Viewers noticed how the women’s football star and refugee, 34, had been part of broadcaster’s coverage of Denmark’s goalless draw with Tunisia on Tuesday, but was no longer present in the studio after the final whistle

The rising star (pictured with David Beckham) was the first female footballer from Denmark to be sponsored by Nike when she signed a brand ambassador deal with the company in 2017. The deal was extended last year to 2024.

Nadia also speaks more than eight languages and qualified as a doctor in January

Taking to Instagram, the former Manchester City and PSG forward wrote: ‘Tuesday morning my Mother was killed by a truck. She was on her way back from the gym. 

‘Words can not describe what I’m feeling. I have lost the most important person in my life and it happened so sudden and unexpected.

‘She was only 57. She was a warrior who had fought for every inch of her life. She didn’t give me life once but twice, and everything I/ we are is because of her.

‘I have lost my home and I know nothings gonna ever feel the same. Life is unfair and I don’t understand why her and why this way. I love you and I will see you again.’

Nadim added: ‘Her funeral is going to be soon… please come and show her the love, respect and prayers she deserves.’ 

It is still not clear where Nadia’s mother was killed. 

Taking to Instagram , the former Manchester City and PSG forward wrote: ‘Tuesday morning my Mother was killed by a truck. She was on her way back from the gym’

Born in Herat in the north east of Afghanistan, Nadia was raised in the country until her father, an army general, was executed by the Taliban in 2000. 

She and her family fled her country of birth and settled in Denmark at age 11, where she launched her football career inside a refugee camp.

During her international career, she has played for Denmark almost 100 times. She is widely renowned as the greatest female Afghan footballer of all time.

Nadia also speaks more than eight languages and qualified as a doctor in January. 

She currently plays in the National Women’s Soccer League in the US for Racing Louisville FC.

The talented sportswoman previously won the French league title in the 2020-2021 season while playing with Paris Saint-German. 

And in the UK she has played for Manchester City, scoring within the first six minutes of her debut against Reading in January 2018, which ended in a 5-2 victory. 

She and her family fled her country of birth and settled in Denmark at age 11, where she launched her football career inside a refugee camp

Off the pitch, she is a passionate ambassador for UNESCO and regularly speaks on panels addressing children’s education and sports. 

The rising star was the first female footballer from Denmark to be sponsored by Nike when she signed a brand ambassador deal with the company in 2017. The deal was extended last year to 2024. 

Nadia hopes to become a surgeon when she hangs up her football boots and has already assisted in some operations. 

She received her doctorate from the Aarhus University medical school, studying remotely during football season. 

The pundit graced the cover of Vogue Arabia this month, and in 2018 was named by Forbes as among the top 20 ‘Most Powerful Women in International Sports.’ 

Other big brands have rushed to work with the star, including Visa and Hugo Boss.  

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