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Italian Livorno player dies of heart attack

04-15-2012 09:27 BJT

ROME, April 14 (Xinhua) -- All Italian matches scheduled in the weekend were suspended after Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini died on Saturday from a heart attack during a Serie B match, local media said.

Livorno's Piermario Morosini is helped by doctors as he lies on the pitch during their Serie B soccer match against Pescara at the Adriatico stadium in Pescara April 14, 2012. Morosini has died after collapsing on the pitch with a cardiac arrest during an Italian second division game at Pescara on Saturday, prompting the soccer federation to postpone this weekend's professional games. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A crowd of players and supporters shouted and cried outside a hospital in Pescara, a city in central Italy, when cardiologist Edoardo De Blasio confirmed the death of the 25-year-old.

Morosini began to stagger in the 31th minute of the Pescara-Livorno match and then fell to the ground.

Livorno's Piermario Morosini is helped by doctors as he is carried on a stretcher during their Serie B soccer match against Pescara at the Adriatico stadium in Pescara April 14, 2012. Morosini has died after collapsing on the pitch with a cardiac arrest during the Italian second division game at Pescara on Saturday, prompting the soccer federation to postpone this weekend's professional games.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Medical staff tried to revive the player and then rushed him to the hospital, but Morosini's conditions were already too desperate to save him, doctors said.

It was only the lastest of a long series of sudden deaths in the sport world. A few days ago, another Italian, former Olympic volleyball silver medalist Vigor Bovolenta, died of a heart attack during a second-tier league game.


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