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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Stoichkov's Brother

SOFIA, Bulgaria () -- The brother of Bulgaria's soccer star Hristo Stoichkov has survived a suicide attempt, according to newspaper reports.


Tsanko, 17, was rushed to a hospital in the eastern city of Plovdiv after being found in his girlfriend's apartment. He had taken an overdose of tranquilizers, the daily 24 Hours said.


The newspaper said Stoichkov, who plays for Italy's Parma but who is currently on vacation in Bulgaria, spent the weekend with his brother in the hospital.


The news agency BTA quoted Stoichkov as saying that his brother, "like all young people, has his own problems."


Media reports speculated that romance may have been the motive for the suicide attempt. Tsanko is also a soccer player. He plays with the junior team of CSKA Sofia -- the team where his elder brother's began his glamorous career.