The former defensive midfielder ended his playing career in November and is now the director of the Argentine club Aldosivi.
It was during Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Racing Club – at which Gago was present – that he was informed his brother had passed away, as reported by Deportes Cuatro.
El club Atletico Aldosivi acompaña en este difícil momento a nuestro D.T. Fernando Gago y a su familia. pic.twitter.com/v3TZBc7STW
— Club Atl. Aldosivi (@clubaldosivi) February 21, 2021
Gago’s father also passed away a few years ago having also suffered a stroke.
The Argentine clocked up 121 appearances for Los Blancos over four-and-a-half seasons between January 2007 and the summer of 2011, providing 13 assists but scoring just one goal – in a 4-3 defeat against Sevilla.
Gago joined Madrid from Boca Juniors and was regarded as one of the best players in South America – a deep-lying playmaker who sat in front of the back four and dictated the tempo of the game.