Jose Mourinho, it emerged today, sent a touching message to the family of former MLS player Shawn Kuykendall who recently passed away.

Kuykendall contracted thymus cancer in November 2013 and sadly succumbed to the disease in March of this year after a well publicised battle.

The former DC United and New York Red Bulls player was just 32 years of age.

He was a known Chelsea enthusiast, and held fond memories of an exhibition meeting with the English Premier League team in 2005 in which he was able to swap shirts with Blues' legend Frank Lampard.

And it seems his story struck a cord with current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

The touching letter, brought to our attention by Kuykenstrong, the charity Shawn founded on discovering the cancer, sees the Portuguese manager share his sympathy with the player's family:

"I was deeply saddened to hear of your son's passing," the letter reads.

I can only imagine the grief of a parent losing a child and my heart goes out to you both.

I hope you and your family find great strength in the shared memories of Shawn's life at this toughest of times and also in the future.

The football family has lost a fine young man, and everyone's thoughts at Chelsea FC are with you, your family and Shawn's friends.

With much sympathy,

Yours sincerely,

Jose Mourinho."

Kuykendall was a popular figure in the footballing world, particularly in his native US where the likes of Thierry Henry and Landon Donovan sported t-shirts emblazoned with the phrase #Kuykenstrong during last year's MLS All-Star weekend

The letter is a nice touch from the Chelsea boss, and it was added to by Frank Lampard who donated a signed Chelsea shirt to the charity this week too.

You can see the letter in full here.

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