PSV press chief Thijs Slegers (46) died of leukemia

PSV press chief Thijs Slegers (46) died of leukemia
Thijs Slegers

NOS Football

PSV press chief Thijs Slegers has died. He died as a result of leukemia. He was 46 years old.

As a journalist, Thijs Slegers was PSV watcher for several media outlets for many years. In 2015, he joined PSV as press secretary.

Slegers was stricken with acute leukemia in 2020. He underwent a stem cell transplant that initially proved successful and returned to work at PSV. But in early February, the press secretary announced that he contracted a rejection disease as a result of the surgeries he underwent.

Since then, Slegers has been successfully working to recruit blood and stem cell donors. Many people have recently applied to the Matchis Foundation and Sanquin.

Following Slegers’ illness, the Feyenoord supporters’ association made a statement at the Feyenoord-PSV soccer match on Sunday, Feb. 5. The supporters called for “as a twelfth man, to put aside all sentiments” in the twelfth minute of the match and shine a light together at De Kuip, using the phone.

Watch that statement of support here:

De Kuip claps: Feyenoord and PSV fans pause for incurably ill PSV press secretary

PSV shared the news of Slegers’ death in a press statement. On Twitter, expressions of support are pouring in under their message:

Kayleigh Williams