Leicester"s Paul Gallagher in mourning after death of son

Leicester's Gallagher in mourning after new born son dies and twin daughter fights for life

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16:52 GMT, 24 April 2012

Leicester City winger Paul Gallagher has been struck by tragedy after the premature death of his baby son.

The former Blackburn man's daughter weighs just two pounds and 10 ounces and is also fighting for her life in intensive care after the twins were born several weeks early.

Gallagher wrote on Twitter that 'precious' Luca James had died after Paul's wife Hayley, 29, went into labour.

Mourning: Paul Gallagher has suffered the loss of his newborn son, who was born prematurely, while a twin sister fights for her life

Mourning: Paul Gallagher has suffered the loss of his newborn son, who was born prematurely, while a twin sister fights for her life

Mourning: Paul Gallagher has suffered the loss of his newborn son, who was born prematurely, while a twin sister fights for her life

The 27-year-old also wrote on Twitter: 'Thank you 4 all ur support at this hard time, it’s been a long day and a lots of tears! #riplucajames #prayforava xxx

'When I woke up this morning, was praying yesterday was a nightmare, but has been the hardest day of my life!'

He also added of his daughter Ava Amelie: 'Thank you every1 for ur support! Going up to see Ava in NICU she is a little fighter. Miss u Luca'

Hayley, who was due to give birth in June, posted: 'Worst day of our lives lost our precious little boy Luca James. Ava Amelie 2lb 10oz in special care unit #riplucajames #prayforava xx

'Overwhelmed by the love and support. Thank you everyone for the kind messages'

Gallgher's team-mates have also shown their support, with Leicester midfielder Ben Marshall last night lifting his shirt to reveal a vest after the game against West Ham, which said: 'Thinking of you Gally'.