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Qatari club says Benitez died of heart failure

DOHA, Qatar — Ecuador striker Christian “Chucho” Benitez died of heart failure, Qatari club El Jaish said Wednesday, without adding further details.

The 27-year-old striker died Monday, a day after playing his first match for his new club. His body was due to be flown back to Ecuador just after midnight today, but the flight was delayed until noon.

“The official medical reports were issued by official state entities and stated the sudden death was caused by heart failure,” the club said.

On Tuesday, Ecuador soccer federation president Luis Chiriboga said Benitez had been taken to the hospital with sharp stomach pains, developed peritonitis and died of cardiorespiratory arrest.

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