Ecuador striker Benitez (27) dies after suffering cardiac arrest
Former Birmingham City striker Christian Benitez. who died yesterday after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest less than a month after signing for Qatari club Al Jaish. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Ecuador striker Christian Benitez died yesterday morning after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest, a month after signing for Qatari club Al Jaish.
Benitez was admitted to hospital with severe stomach pain hours after making his debut against Qatar Sports Club in the Sheikh Jassem Cup but died shortly afterwards. He was 27.
Benitez joined Al Jaish earlier in July from Club America, after previous spells with El Nacional, Santos Laguna and Birmingham City.
An Ecuador Football Federation (FEF) statement read: “The FEF regrets to inform you of the death of Christian Benitez, the striker of Qatar club Al Jaish and the Ecuador national team.
“Benitez, who was with his new club in Qatar, had a severe stomach pain, which was why he was rushed to a hospital, where after a few hours suffered he suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest, which ended his life.
“The Ecuadorian Football Federation extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family – parents, wife, children – and friends of our striker Christian Benitez.”