Reyna’s son, 13, passes away

Reyna (ISIPhotos)

Jack Reyna, the son of former U.S. national team great and current U.S. Soccer youth technical director Claudio Reyna, passed away Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 13.

Reyna, his wife Danielle and their family issued a statement through U.S. Soccer on Friday:

“It is with a heavy heart that we confirm that Jack Reyna lost his battle with cancer (Thursday). Jack was so courageous during his two-year fight that he's become a hero and inspiration to many. Surrounded by his entire family, Jack passed peacefully at the age of 13.

"In lieu of flowers, all of those wishing to show support for the family can make a donation to the Claudio Reyna Foundation on Jack's behalf. Thanks to all for the outpouring of support, prayers, and well wishes. Rest in Peace Jack Reyna. You were loved by many and your legacy will carry on."

For those who wish to do so, donations can be made to the Making Headway Foundation in Jack's memory. The New York Red Bulls, one of Claudio Reyna's former teams, will wear black armbands to honor Jack's memory during this weekend's match against the Philadelphia Union.

SBI offers our deep and heartfelt condolences to the Reyna family on their tragic loss.

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23 Responses to Reyna’s son, 13, passes away

  1. Astorian says:

    Really, really sad news.

  2. Gnarls says:

    Thoughts and prayers with the family. Losing a child is the most tragic event.

  3. Hincha Tim says:

    My deepest condolences to the Reyna family. Soccer great/legend is secondary now. Just a father and family is what matters.

  4. Chan says:

    Condolences and prayers for the Reyna family. The soccer community has Jack in our thoughts.

  5. Roberto says:

    +1.. All the best to the Reyna family and god bless. As a father myself this is very sad news!!

  6. RChris says:

    As a father of two this is just gut wrenching. Thoughts and prayers to the Reyna’s

  7. kimo says:

    Agreed. I have 3 daughters. I can’t imagine the pain the Reyna family is now experiencing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Pat says:

    heartbreaking. Eternal rest, Jack. Perpetual Light.

  9. Annelid Gustator says:

    Yes, as a parent, it’s *always* heartbreaking to hear or read of.

  10. Frankie B. says:

    Today is a sad day for America with the shooting in Colorado and now to hear about young Jack. No one should go this young. Heart goes out to the Reynas.

  11. Aathan says:

    Wow, absolutely heartbreaking. I can’t imagine what Claudio and his family are going through. Our prayers are definitely with him and his family!

  12. CplDaniel says:

    OMG. 10-yrs old…No parent should ever have to outlive their child. My heart goes out to the Reynas as they endure this tragedy.

  13. QuakesInYourPanties says:

    As the father of 6 with a child who has and is battling a childhood cancer for the last 4.5 years, my heart goes out to the Reyna family, the Hurtado family, the Wu family, and the countless families watching their little ones battle in all of the hospitals around this country, world, etc…

    Reyna family: Sorry for your loss. I know it is devastating. Take solace in knowing that a wonderful person entered your lives albeit briefly and gave countless memories you’ll cherish always. Please don’t forget about Gio who undoubtedly took a back seat to some extent.

    I must say, that watching the Quakes with the community outreach in Stanford, LPCH in particular brightened the lives of so many children with cancer, struggling in the day to day of just living.

    Unfortunately this disease touches us all in one way or another eventually. Peace and blessings.

  14. Mike R says:

    Sad.
    Losing a child is the worst thing that can happen to you period. Especially one so young.
    I hope theres a special place in heaven for parents who suffer this.

  15. TomM says:

    Ouch. Sorry Claudio- condolences and prayers are with you.

  16. Nir Vana says:

    Sad, to hear of this happen to Captain America – a great fan favorite and a very decent human being. Our prayers with you and your family and may you succeed in your mission with the other underprivileged children.

  17. John says:

    My deepest condolences to the Reyna family. Jack was such a very nice boy, my son is attenting a Red Bull Academy in brooklyn today and will be wear his Claudio Reyna Academy Team Brooklyn Jersey in loving memory of this kid he met once, and for his dad who has done so much for the kids is brooklyn, we REMEMBER and LOVE the Rayna family.

  18. DC Josh says:

    praying…

  19. WayDownInTexas says:

    Absolutely awful news…Claudio I will pray for you and your family. Soccer/Football aside, Claudio is a GREAT Man and I hate seeing this happen to him. May God Bless The Reyna Family and anyone else effected by shootings In Colorado early today.

  20. Joamiq says:

    This is so terribly sad. My thoughts are with their family.

  21. FK Pirin says:

    That is horrifying. I feel so bad for that family

  22. Kosh says:

    Very, very sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Reyna family. So very sorry for your loss.

  23. primoone says:

    As a parent…and someone who has lost loved ones way too early…my heart goes out to his family.