Klitschko, who did not attend his sons' fights, had been ill for several years. Although he was unable to travel recently, he lived long enough to watch Wladimir Klitschko's lopsided title unification victory against David Haye on July 2. "Our father spent a lot of time at Chernobyl, and Chernobyl got him, too, in the end. The doctors said, 'It's the result of Chernobyl. Cancer,' " Vitali Klitschko said in the documentary.
"When the first message came through the only thing it said was that something bad had happened. The alarm was raised," he said in "Klitschko," a documentary about his sons' lives that was recently released n Europe. "I was the leader of an air force unit that was immediately relocated to the scene of the incident. "From the very beginning, the government tried to cover up the truth and play down the situation. We were given the impression that it wasn't all that serious. Those who were able to leave Kiev took the opportunity to do so, but if you are a soldier you have to fulfill your duties."Our condolences for the Klitschkos and their family.
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