Super-fit sports pro’s dropping like flies

We see the headlines now and again about footballers collapsing on the pitch or hear of a cricketer being taken to hospital unexpectedly. And as these stories come and go it’s easy to forget just how many times this has happened this year – until they are put in a list…

Indian batsman Avi Barot, 29, a former India Under-19 captain and a member of the Ranji Trophy winning team in the 2019-20 season, died after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The player, who also represented Haryana and Gujarat in his career, died on Friday 15 October while being taken to a hospital after he felt unwell at his home in Ahmedabad. 

About Ali , 22, a professional footballer in the UK collapsed during game in September and was treated in hospital. The forward collapsed as the game reached the hour mark, with medics quickly providing emergency treatment as players formed a barrier around him.

Fabrice NSakala, 31, the Democratic Republic of Congo international collapsed during a match on 21 August. He was taken to hospital where he recovered.

Jens De Smet, 27, footballer from Maldegem passed away Saturday 4 September after becoming unwell during a football match.

Jens played football for FCC Filosoof, a café team that plays its home matches just across the Dutch border in Eede. “The second half was underway and our opponent had just scored”, says teammate Benjamin Buysse. “Suddenly Jens sat down on the ground and not much later he lay down in the grass.”

Jente van Genechten, 25, Spanish footballer collapses on field due to heart attack.

Frederic Lartillot, French footballer collapses in changing room, passes away due to heart attack after game. 

Benjamin Taft, 31, German footballer collapses after game, passes away due to heart attack: 

Rune Coghe, 18, Belgian footballer suffers cardiac arrest on pitch: 

Helen Edwards, referee taken off court during World Cup qualifier due to heart issues.

Dimitri Lienard, 33, FC Strasbourg midfielder collapses during game.

Sergio Aguero, 33, Barecelona star striker admitted to hospital for cardiac exam after match.

Emil Palsson, 28, Sognal midfielder collapses due to cardiac arrest during game.

Antoine Méchin, 31, French triathlete suffers pulmonary embolism following Moderna.

Luis Ojeda, 20, Argentine football player unexpectedly passes away.

Greg Luyssen, 22, Belgian pro cyclist ends career due to heart issues.

Pedro Obiang, 29, ex-West Ham star suffers myocarditis post vaccine: 

Cienna Knowles, 19, equestrian star hospitalized due to blood clots: