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    FOOTBALL: Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque has died aged 26 - reports claim from a heart attack

    Espanyol stunned by Jarque death
    Daniel Jarque
    Jarque was a product of Espanyol's youth academy

    Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque has died after he suffered a heart attack following a training session, the club have confirmed in a statement.

    The 26-year-old midfielder had been training in Coverciano, Italy, where the squad are on a pre-season camp.

    Club doctors and Italian paramedics tried to revive Jarque without success.

    His death comes two years after Sevilla defender Antonio Puerta, 22, died of heart failure after collapsing during a Spanish league game.

    Jarque joined Espanyol at the age of 12, making his debut in 2002, and the Spaniard was handed the club captaincy this summer.

    "Tragedy struck Espanyol and the family of Dani Jarque this evening. The blanquiazul player died from a cardiac arrest," said a club statement.

    "The doctor carried out CPR on the player and used a defibrillator, which showed that the arrest was non responsive.

    "RCD Espanyol, broken with pain, wish to put themselves at the absolute disposition of the family of our captain Dani Jarque, to whom go our warmest thoughts."

    Espanyol, who had been due to play Bologna tomorrow, have suspended their pre-season tour of Italy and will fly back to Barcelona.

    The president of city neighbours Barcelona, Joan Laporta, offered his club's condolences.

    "We are filled with extreme dismay at this tragic event which we deeply regret," he told the Barcelona club website.

    "Today we are all in mourning.

    "I want to send, on behalf of FC Barcelona, our deepest sympathies to RCD Espanyol for the painful loss of their captain Dani Jarque, and to his family."

    10 Comments

    wow, seems to happen far too often

    Starr;5968653

    wow, seems to happen far too often



    sad

    seen something about energy drinks being to blame ,allways taking them every break in game

    didnt use to happen years ago so there may be something in it

    daym was a great player

    I thought he was a defender though

    MarzBarz;5968744

    I thought he was a defender though



    +1 sure he played CB against Liverpool last week.

    MarzBarz;5968744

    I thought he was a defender though



    He is. And a great one at that! R.I.P :-(

    Yep great defender. RIP

    Banned

    jamstaruk1972;5968695

    sadseen something about energy drinks being to blame ,allways taking them … sadseen something about energy drinks being to blame ,allways taking them every break in gamedidnt use to happen years ago so there may be something in it



    There's often something in changes to normal patterns that causes problems that no one can explain the reason for.

    Take MMR for example and the rise in Autism.

    Thoughts and condolances... Very sad.

    Supermod

    Incredibly sad.

    Banned

    jamstaruk1972;5968695

    sadseen something about energy drinks being to blame ,allways taking them … sadseen something about energy drinks being to blame ,allways taking them every break in gamedidnt use to happen years ago so there may be something in it



    Sad to see a young guy die.

    I don't know about energy drinks, but sportsmen are so highly tuned nowadays that they put extra stress on their bodies. It could even be something congenital that was undiagnosed.
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