One-time Olympic Games silver medalist with Brazil men’s national team and one-time world champion with Italy men’s national team as a coach, Bebeto, died of a heart attack at the age of 68. This shocked the volleyball world and all players and coaches with whom he cooperated during his more than a successful career expressed their deepest condolences via social networks, many of them sharing mutual photos with him.
Nalbert Betancourt, former Brazil national team outside hitter: „Brazilian volleyball and sport are in mourning! All tributes will not be enough… For having volleyball the as it is today, we owe everything to him and the ’silver generation’. Bebeto, thanks for everything! You are irreplaceable! Just applause! My big hug for the whole family.“
Ferdinando De Giorgi, former Italy national team setter: „Goodbye, Bebeto… this will remain forever! Thank you.“
Of course, his native volleyball federation and International Volleyball Federation mourn his death as well.
The Brazilian Volleyball Confederation: „We grieve. The Brazilian Volleyball Confederation (CBV) mourns the death of Bebeto de Freitas and expresses its gratitude to all this icon made for the volleyball and the entire sport. The loss is enormous, so is the pain at this moment, but we have an obligation to continue the entire legacy left by Bebeto de Freitas.“
The International Volleyball Federation: „FIVB sends our condolences to the family and friends of Brazil’s legendary coach and player, Bebeto de Freitas, who has passed away.“