Christian "Chucho" Benitez, died after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest at the age of 27. The Ecuadorian striker had just debuted with his new soccer team El Jaish Sports Club after winning the championship with his former club America.
Chucho was admitted to the hospital with a severe stomach pain and died shortly after. The cause of death was confirmed by a statement released by the Ecuador Football Federation (FEF).
"The FEF regrets to inform you of the death of Christian Benitez, the striker of Qatar club El Jaish and the Ecuador national team. 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 suffered 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.”
El Jaish Sports Club had also issued a statement earlier this morning where they confirmed Benitez's passing.
"The Club would like to offer its sincere condolences to the family of the player. Benitez has recently joined the club from Club America for three seasons. The player participated for the first time with the team during yesterday's match against Qatar sports club in the Sheikh Jassem Cup without complaining of any health problems. His sudden departure is a big shock for each member of the technical and administrative staff."