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ITV World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim forced to stop breathing after her mother was killed by a truck

World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim has revealed her mother’s sudden death prompted her to quit ITV’s coverage of a live game on Tuesday night.

Viewers noticed how the women’s soccer star and fugitive, 34, was present throughout Denmark’s goalless draw against Tunisia but left after the final whistle.

ITV confirmed she had left the studio early but declined to elaborate before the news broke on Wednesday afternoon.

The analyst confirmed today that she was forced to leave suddenly when her mother, Hadima Nadim, 57, was killed by a truck on her way back from the gym.

Nadia and her mother bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 11 years old after going into hiding for three years when her father, the army general, was executed by the Taliban.

The former Manchester City and PSG striker wrote on Instagram today: “Tuesday morning my mother was killed by a truck. She was on her way back from the gym.

“Words cannot describe what I feel. I lost the most important person in my life and it was so sudden and unexpected.

“She was only 57 years old. She was a warrior who had fought for every inch of her life. She gave me life not once, but twice, and everything I/we are I owe to her.

“I lost my home and I know nothing will ever feel the same again. Life is unfair and I don’t understand why her and why like that. I love you and I will see you again.’

Nadia added: “Her funeral will be soon… please come and show her the love, respect and prayers that she deserves.”

According to Danish newspaper Horsens Folkeblad, Nadia’s mother was hit by an excavator in Uldum, Denmark.

According to the report, police believe Ms Nadim was killed instantly after the driver, a 31-year-old man from Kolding, failed to see her stepping onto the road. An investigation is underway.

Born in Herat, northeastern Afghanistan, Nadia grew up in the countryside until her father, Rabani, an army general, was executed by the Taliban in 2000. He was taken into the desert by the group and was never seen or heard from again.

Her mother and four sisters moved from house to house for three years, fearing for their lives before finally deciding to flee after learning that Rabani had been killed.

Nadia’s mother sold everything they had to take a minivan to Karachi, where they waited two months for fake passports before flying to Italy.

Once there, they spent days hiding in a basement in Milan before spending 50 hours in the back of a truck trying to reach what they were told was London – but which turned out to be a refugee camp in the rural Denmark turned out to be.

In a Sky Sports interview last September, Nadia recalled the “horror” of her departure from Afghanistan, saying: “Before the war I have very fond memories of the country, of our lives and of the safe environment.

“I had my mother and my father. And then I have the second part, that’s the war, and after my father was killed.

“These memories aren’t nice memories, a lot of chaos, a lot of just horror.

“We ended up being made very difficult as a family to function and see a future or feel secure.”

Nadia, just 11 years old, moved with her family to a second refugee camp in Denmark, where she discovered soccer after seeing a group of girls play over a fence.

Although she spoke no English or Danish, she kept hinting to the coach that she wanted to play and he eventually let her take part in practices.

She made the team within three months and was invited to her first game.

Her family would soon be granted asylum and she went to school and started a newspaper route. She never lost her love for football and continued to impress on the pitch.

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