Soccer star Christian Benitez dead at age 27

Ecuador's Christian Benitez celebrates after scoring a goal against Peru during their 2014 World...

Ecuador's Christian Benitez celebrates after scoring a goal against Peru during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Quito in this Nov. 15, 2011 file photo. (REUTERS/Gary Granja)

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Soccer player Christian Benitez has died aged 27.

The Ecuadorian international was admitted to hospital in Qatar on Monday after complaining of stomach pains. His heart failed hours later.

A statement from the Ecuador Football Federation (FEF) reads, "The FEF regrets to inform you of the death of Christian Benitez ...

"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 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. May he rest in peace."

Benitez's death came hours after he made his debut for his new team Al Jaish. He had previously played for Club America, Santos Laguna and Birmingham.


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