Diouf had been receiving therapy in his house nation, Senegal, earlier than passing away, the Senegalese President Macky Sall confirmed.
“We ship our sincerest condolences to his household and family members.”
Diouf was Marseille’s president from 2005 to 2009. He was the primary black president of a serious European membership.
Earlier than that he was a journalist and participant agent, representing the likes of Marcel Desailly, Samir Nasri and Didier Drogba.
“A member of the LFP administrative council from September 2007 to June 2009, Pape Diouf can be remembered as a charismatic and passionate director.
“On this second of immense disappointment for French soccer, the LFP presents its condolences to his household and people near him, and to Olympique de Marseille.”
Throughout Diouf’s tenure, Marseille twice completed Ligue 1 runners-up and had been finalists in two French Cups.
‘A fantastic man’
The yr after his departure, the membership received the league with lots of the gamers he helped to signal taking part in key roles.
“When Pape calls me and says ‘I solely have one phrase, we agreed in your signature at OM, and your damage will not change (my thoughts) what I consider your high quality and the truth that you are a participant made to put on the colour of your membership at coronary heart that is Olympic de Marseille.’ Deep respect for this man.”
Nasri, who left Marseille to hitch Arsenal in 2008, spoke of the impact Diouf had on his blossoming profession.
“You will have at all times been a mentor, you could have been my first agent, you had been my president. And it’s with a heavy coronary heart that I have to say goodbye. You left too early. I’ll always remember you, Pape Diouf.”