My deepest condolance to Antonio Puerta and his family, it brings me memories of Marc-Vivien-Foe and how he too dies too early on.
On 25 August 2007, Puerta collapsed and lost consciousness during Sevilla’s first match of the 2007-08 La Liga season at their home stadium Estadio RamÃ³n SÃ¡nchez PizjuÃ¡n against Getafe due to a heart attack. He was seen crouching and then subsequently collapsing upon moving back to his team’s goal, after only 28 minutes of the game had passed. His team-mate Ivica Dragutinovi? and club medical staff were then seen immediately running to his side to prevent him from swallowing his tongue as he began to lose consciousness.
After recovering and being substituted, Puerta collapsed once again in the changing room. He was taken to hospital in an ambulance, where he received cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Doctors reported that his condition had deteriorated since arriving at hospital, and he eventually passed away at the Virgen del Rocio hospital in Sevilla on 28 August. Doctor Francisco Murillo reported that Puerta had suffered multiple organ failure and irreversible brain damage as a result of multiple prolonged cardiac arrests due to a hereditary heart disease known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Puerta’s premature death from heart problems is similar to those of Marc-Vivien Foe and Miklos Feher. He is survived by his wife, who is expecting their first child. As a result of Antonio Puerta’s death, Sevilla’s UEFA Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens was postponed. The club have also announced that a one-minute silence will be respected before every La Liga match on the weekend of 1/2 September.