The clubs record signing went missing on a flight over the English Channel in late January, and after a private search effort located the wreckage, a body was recovered and identified as that of the 28-year-old on Thursday.
More information over the cause of the crash is expected in the weeks to come, but after a post-mortem examination, Dorset Coroners Court have been able to identify the cause of death as injuries to the head and trunk.
The news comes via Sky, who also indicate that an inquest into the incident is underway.
The opening inquest at Dorset Coroners Court has heard a post-mortem examination found Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala died from "head and trunk injuries"
— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) February 11, 2019
Since his disappearance and subsequent confirmation of his death, tributes to the Argentine player and pilot David Ibbotson have poured in from the world of football and beyond.
Moments of applause were impeccably observed in France and England, with everyone from DC Uniteds Wayne Rooney to Manchester Citys Sergio Aguero publicly paying their respects.