Since fatally shooting himself, Everton footballer Gylfi Sigurdsson 's young brother-in - law tragically died.
Maximilian Helgi Ivarsson, 11, killed himself while playing with the shotgun he 'd taken from a locked closet. He died five days before Sigurdsson faced off against Tottenham in Everton's season opener on September 8.
Sigurdsson has yet to make public reference to the death of Ivarsson, his wife's half-brother, Alexandra Alexandra Ívarsdóttir, 31.
In the Icelandic Morgunblaðið journal, the Everton midfielder, his partner and other members of their family paid tribute to the late Ivarsson.
“It breaks our hearts to write these words," the family tribute read. "The first word that comes to our minds is gratitude.
"Gratitude to have been able to be with you during this short time you were here and enjoy your wonderful presence.”
Sigurdsson joined Everton from Swansea City in the summer of 2017 for a then club-record fee of £40million.
In 115 appearances for the Toffees, Sigurdsson has scored 24 goals and provided 16 assists for the Merseysiders.
The Toffees have enjoyed a winning start to the season, securing victories over Tottenham and West Brom to occupy top spot in the English top-flight.
Carlo Ancelotti's side will be back in action on Wednesday night, travelling to Highbury Stadium to take on League One side Fleetwood Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup.