Popular Ecuadorian footballer Christian Benitez has died suddenly at the young age of 27. Read on for our 5 Fast Facts on Benitez, his career, and how this tragedy happened.
1. His Teammates Called Him Chucho
Can't believe the news I've just heard about my former team mate chucho (Christian Benitez) such sad news. R.I.P
— Gary McSheffrey (@sheebagee) July 29, 2013
Christian Benitez, aka Chucho, was reportedly a very popular player, both on and off the field. He was extremely loved by his teammates, who referred to him as Chucho. In addition, he was the son of the famous Ermen Benitez, another one of Ecuador's players.
Rip chucho pic.twitter.com/QFaIVgpMJE
— Craig Gardner (@CraigGards8) July 29, 2013
2. It Was Reported that Benitez Died in a Car Accident
Cristian Benitez from the Ecuadorian national team died in a car accident :( what a shame man.. he was unreal.. http://t.co/q7B1jm4VO0
— Ivan Serrano (@IvanCSerrano) July 29, 2013
Apparently, after a car crash in Qatar, the sports icon has passed away.
RIP Christian Benitez, formerly known as "Chucho" has died in a car crash at the age 27, thoughts are with his friends & family
— Manchester Utd News (@MUFCBulletin) July 29, 2013
3. Chucho Actually Died of Cardiac Arrest
Ecuardorian FA confirms Christian Benitez died of a cardiac arrest after he was admitted to hospital with severe stomach pain. #bcfc
— SunSport Now (@SunSportNow) July 29, 2013
Complications after the car accident are said to have led to cardiac arrest.
— STsportsdesk (@STsportsdesk) July 29, 2013
4. Fans Are Devastated For His Family
i went on Christian Benitez's twitter account, his last post was his two children celebrating his birthday, sad
— CH@R (@CHARYA54321) July 29, 2013
Makes us count ourselves lucky, couldnt imagine being in the shoes of Christian Benitez's family, Terrible News, RIP, Great Player #CHUCHO
— Josué Santiágo Oesté (@Westy_YNWA) July 29, 2013
5. Birmingham Striker Christian Benitez Has Had an Amazing Career
Sad news. RIP former Birmingham player Christian Benitez died age 27. pic.twitter.com/yh6KGEOWQW
— Transfer Gossip (@BarclaysBible) July 29, 2013
According to BBC Sport:
Benitez, who won 58 caps for his country, played in El Jaish's 2-0 win over Qatar Sports Club on Sunday.