Horacio Sala passed away in the night and was unable to be saved by paramedics, local politician Julio Muller confirmed.
“2019 doesn’t let up in shocking us with news in this town,” Mr Muller said. “At 5 o’clock in the morning, the lady, his wife, rang me and she was very upset.
“The doctors were there but when I arrived at their home, he had already died.”
Mr Sala’s passing comes just three months after his son, Emiliano, tragically died in a plane crash which occurred as he flew from Nantes, France to Wales following the completion of his transfer to Premier League side Cardiff.