Tragic Footage Shows 26YO Football Player Dies during Match in Romania

Sat May 7, 2016 20:33:42

The 26-year-old Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng fell to the ground seven minutes after going on as a substitute in a match between Dinamo Bucharest and Viitorul Constanta.

The match was being broadcast live when Ekeng collapsed in the 69th minute. Local media said he had a heart attack. Doctors tried to resuscitate Ekeng for an hour at Floreasca Emergency Hospital, where dozens of fans gathered outside. Players and staff were seen crying as events unfolded. Some went with him to the hospital.

Ekeng, in his lifetime, also played for Spanish club Cordoba CF, Swiss club Lausanne, and French club Le Mans. He moved to Dinamo in 2015. Romania's football federation on Saturday said the final of the Romanian Cup would be put back a week to May 17 due to Ekeng's death, AP reported.

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