ITV World Cup reveals her mother is dead after being hit by a truck

ITV colleagues tell of their 'shock and sadness' as pundit Nadia Nadim is forced off air after her mother was killed in a digger accident: Star says she 'lost the most important person' who 'gave me life twice' after pair fled Taliban together

By Laurence Dollimore and Jacob Thorburn For Mailonline

Published: 16:38, 23 November 2022 | Updated: 21:21, 23 November 2022

World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim has revealed her mother's sudden death caused her to abandon ITV's coverage of a live game on Tuesday night, as her 'deeply shocked and saddened' colleagues rallied round to offer their support.

Viewers noticed how the women's football star and refugee, 34, had been part of the broadcaster's show throughout Denmark's goalless draw with Tunisia, but was no longer present after the final whistle.

The analyst confirmed today she was forced to suddenly leave as her mother, Hadima Nadim, 57, had been fatally hit by a 'truck' while on her way back from the gym.

Reports in Danish media later said she was struck from behind by a digger in the town of Uldum, Denmark. She is believed to have died instantly. 

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

In a touching tribute today, Nadia branded her mother a 'warrior' who gave her life 'twice' - first when she gave birth to her, and later when she risked everything to give her a safer life in Europe. 

ITV confirmed Nadia had left the studio early but initially refused to elaborate before the news broke on Wednesday afternoon. A spokesman later said 'everyone' at the broadcaster was supporting Nadia and holding her and her family in their thoughts. 

In addition to Nadia, Hadima leaves behind four other daughters; Giti, Diana, Muskan and Mujda. 

Taking to Instagram today, Nadia, a former Manchester City and PSG forward, wrote: 'Tuesday morning my Mother was killed by a truck.

She was on her way back from the gym. 

'Words can not describe what I'm feeling. I have lost the most important person in my life and it happened so sudden and unexpected.

ITV 's World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim has revealed her mother has died after being killed by a truck while on her way back from the gym (Pictured: Nadia moments before abandoning the ITV broadcast after discovering the tragic news last night)

 ITV 's World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim has revealed her mother has died after being killed by a truck while on her way back from the gym (Pictured: Nadia moments before abandoning the ITV broadcast after discovering the tragic news last night) 

The Afghan football star and former refugee is pictured with her mother (right) before her shock passing

The Afghan football star and former refugee is pictured with her mother (right) before her shock passing

Nadia's mother is believed to have been struck by a digger in Uldum, Denmark, according to Danish press

Nadia's mother is believed to have been struck by a digger in Uldum, Denmark, according to Danish press

Nadia and her mother (pictured) bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 11, after going into hiding for three years when her Army general father was executed by the Taliban

Nadia and her mother (pictured) bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 11, after going into hiding for three years when her Army general father was executed by the Taliban 

A report said police believe Ms Nadim was killed instantly after the driver, a 31-year-old man from Kolding, failed to see her as she stepped out into the road. An investigation is underway (stock image of a digger)

A report said police believe Ms Nadim was killed instantly after the driver, a 31-year-old man from Kolding, failed to see her as she stepped out into the road. An investigation is underway (stock image of a digger)

Nadia revealed the tragic news on her Instagram page today (pictured)

Nadia revealed the tragic news on her Instagram page today (pictured)

The rising star (pictured with David Beckham) was the first female footballer from Denmark to be sponsored by Nike when she signed a brand ambassador deal with the company in 2017. The deal was extended last year to 2024.

The rising star (pictured with David Beckham) was the first female footballer from Denmark to be sponsored by Nike when she signed a brand ambassador deal with the company in 2017. The deal was extended last year to 2024.

Nadia also speaks more than eight languages and qualified as a doctor in January

Nadia also speaks more than eight languages and qualified as a doctor in January

Nadia and her mother bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 11, after going into hiding for three years when her Army general father (pictured) was executed by the Taliban

Nadia and her mother bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 11, after going into hiding for three years when her Army general father (pictured) was executed by the Taliban

'She was only 57. She was a warrior who had fought for every inch of her life.

She didn't give me life once but twice, and everything I/ we are is because of her.

'I have lost my home and I know nothings gonna ever feel the same. Life is unfair and I don't understand why her and why this way. I love you and I will see you again.' [sic]

Nadia added: 'Her funeral is going to be soon... please come and show her the love, respect and prayers she deserves.' 

Her fellow ITV presenter Seema Jaswal responded to the post saying she was 'heartbroken' for her.

She added: 'Sending you and the family all the strength and love in the world to get through this.

I wish I could have seen you before you left to give you a hug.' 

According to Danish newspaper Horsens Folkeblad, Nadia's mother was struck by a digger in Uldum, in Denmark.

The report said police believe Ms Nadim was killed instantly after the driver, a 31-year-old man from Kolding, failed to see her and hit her from behind. An investigation is underway. 

An ITV spokesman said: 'Everyone at ITV, those working with Nadia in Qatar, and the wider company, is deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic news. 

'We have offered Nadia our support and our thoughts are with her and those closest to her at this incredibly difficult time.' 

Messages of support began to flood in from fans and fellow sports stars on Wednesday night. 

Her former teammates at PSG offered their solidarity on Twitter, while ex-England Lioness Anita Asante wrote: 'So sorry Nadia! Sending love and strength to you and your family.' 

Born in Herat in the north east of Afghanistan, Nadia was raised in the country until her father, Rabani, an army general, was executed by the Taliban in 2000.

He was taken to the desert by the group and never seen or heard from again.

Her mother and four sisters moved from house to house for three years, living in fear for their lives, before eventually deciding to flee after finding out 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 taking a flight to Italy. 

Messages of support began to flood in from fans and fellow sports stars on Wednesday night. Her former teammates at PSG offered their solidarity while ex-England Lioness Anita Asante wrote: 'So sorry Nadia! Sending love and strength to you and your family.'

Messages of support began to flood in from fans and fellow sports stars on Wednesday night. Her former teammates at PSG offered their solidarity while ex-England Lioness Anita Asante wrote: 'So sorry Nadia!

Sending love and strength to you and your family.' 

Dr Nadia Nadim escaped the Taliban's clutches on the back of a truck before becoming Denmark's most successful female footballer of all time

Born in Herat in the north east of Afghanistan, Nadia Nadim, 34, was raised in the country until her father Rabani, an army general, was executed by the Taliban in 2000. 

He was taken to the desert by the group and never seen or heard from again.

Her mother and four sisters moved from house to house for three years, living in fear for their lives, before eventually deciding to flee after finding out 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 taking a flight to Italy. 

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

Nadia, aged just 11, and her family, moved to a second refugee camp in Denmark, where she discovered football after seeing a group of girls playing it over a fence. 

Despite not speaking any English or Danish, she continued gesturing to the coach that she wanted to play, and he eventually let her take part in drills. 

She made the team within three months and was invited to play her first match. Her family would soon be awarded asylum and she joined a school and began a newspaper route. She never fell out of love with football and continued to impress on the pitch. 

In 2009 she debuted for the Danish senior national team as the first ever non-Danish born member.  

During her international career, she has played for Denmark almost 100 times.

She is widely renowned as the greatest female Afghan footballer of all time.

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

Recalling the 'horror' of her departure from Afghanistan in a Sky Sports interview last September, Nadia said: 'Before the war, I have very fond memories of the country, of our life, the safe environment.

'I had my mum and dad. And then I have the second part, which is the war, and after my dad was killed.

'Those memories are not nice memories, a lot of chaos, a lot of just horror.

'At the end, things were made very hard for us as a family to function and to see a future or feel safe.'

Nadia, aged just 11, and her family, moved to a second refugee camp in Denmark, where she discovered football after seeing a group of girls playing it over a fence. 

Despite not speaking any English or Danish, she continued gesturing to the coach that she wanted to play, and he eventually let her take part in drills. 

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

Her family would soon be awarded asylum and she joined a school and began a newspaper route. 

She never fell out of love with football and continued to impress on the pitch. 

In 2009 she debuted for the Danish senior national team as the first ever non-Danish born member.  

During her international career, she has played for Denmark almost 100 times. 

She is widely renowned as the greatest female Afghan footballer of all time.

Nadia also speaks more than eight languages and qualified as a doctor in January. 

She currently plays in the National Women's Soccer League in the US for Racing Louisville FC.

The talented sportswoman previously won the French league title in the 2020-2021 season while playing with Paris Saint-German. 

And in the UK she has played for Manchester City, scoring within the first six minutes of her debut against Reading in January 2018, which ended in a 5-2 victory. 

Off the pitch, she is a passionate ambassador for UNESCO and regularly speaks on panels addressing children's education and sports. 

Taking to Instagram , the former Manchester City and PSG forward wrote: 'Tuesday morning my Mother was killed by a truck. She was on her way back from the gym'

Taking to Instagram , the former Manchester City and PSG forward wrote: 'Tuesday morning my Mother was killed by a truck.

She was on her way back from the gym'

Nadia's social media pages are full of adoring pictures of her mother

Nadia's social media pages are full of adoring pictures of her mother

Viewers noticed how the women's football star and refugee, 34, had been part of broadcaster's coverage of Denmark's goalless draw with Tunisia on Tuesday, but was no longer present in the studio after the final whistle

 Viewers noticed how the women's football star and refugee, 34, had been part of broadcaster's coverage of Denmark's goalless draw with Tunisia on Tuesday, but was no longer present in the studio after the final whistle

Born in Herat in the north east of Afghanistan, Nadia was raised in the country until her father, an army general, was executed by the Taliban in 2000

Born in Herat in the north east of Afghanistan, Nadia was raised in the country until her father, an army general, was executed by the Taliban in 2000

The talented sportswoman previously won the French league title in the 2020-2021 season while playing with Paris Saint-German

The talented sportswoman previously won the French league title in the 2020-2021 season while playing with Paris Saint-German

She and her family fled her country of birth and settled in Denmark at age 11, where she launched her football career inside a refugee camp

She and her family fled her country of birth and settled in Denmark at age 11, where she launched her football career inside a refugee camp

The star was the first female footballer from Denmark to be sponsored by Nike when she signed a brand ambassador deal with the company in 2017.

The deal was extended last year to 2024. 

Nadia hopes to become a surgeon when she hangs up her football boots and has already assisted in some operations. 

She received her doctorate from Denmark's Aarhus University medical school, studying remotely during football season. 

The pundit graced the cover of Vogue Arabia this month, and in 2018 was named by Forbes as among the top 20 'Most Powerful Women in International Sports.' 

Other big brands have rushed to work with the star, including Visa and Hugo Boss.  

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