Five Peverley-like incidents haunting the sports world

Bolton Wanderers players look on as medical staff attend to Fabrice Muamba after he collapsed on...

Bolton Wanderers players look on as medical staff attend to Fabrice Muamba after he collapsed on the pitch during their FA Cup quarterfinal soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in London March 17, 2012. (REUTERS)

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Dallas Stars centre Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench after an apparent cardiac event during Monday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Play was stopped at 13:37 of the first period as emergency personnel attended to the fallen Stars forward and quickly carried him away. He was taken to the hospital and is conscious, the team announced.

The incident also served as a reminder of past incidents that have seen prominent athletes – assumed to be in top shape – collapse without warning.

In the wake of Peverley’s collapse, we look at other scary moments that happened during a live game, some of which proved fatal.

Muamba heart attack during FA Cup

  • Fabrice Muamba, a former midfielder for the Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League, suffered a heart attack in the middle of the field during an FA Cup game against Tottenham.
  • Muamba’s heart stopped for more than an hour, but managed to recover.
  • The then 23-year-old announced his retirement from soccer in August 2012.

Morosini dies in Serie B soccer game

  • Piermario Morosini, 25, suffered cardiac arrest and died during a game between Italian Serie B teams Pescara and Livorno on April 14, 2012.
  • Morosini's death came just four weeks after Fabrice Muamba’s heart attack.

Lihagen collapses during Swedish Elite League game

  • Niklas Lihagen, played for Orebro HK of the Swedish Allsvenskan, when he collapsed on the ice after being hit in the first period of a game against Bofors.

Spanish soccer player dies

  • Antonio Puerta, 22, collapsed on the field after chasing down a ball in the box.
  • The Sevilla midfielder suffered a cardiac arrested in a Spanish League match against Getafe, and died three days after intensive care.

High schooler runs for TD, has heart attack

  • Hayward Demison, a running back for Central Catholic High School in Portland, Ore., ran for a 45 yard game-winning touchdown, and collapsed on the field after suffering a heart attack.


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