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Sad: 24 yr old footballer dies after collapsing in the field of play

Footballer dies after collapsing in the field of play – 24 year old Belgian footballer Gregory Mertens died on Thursday, April 30, 2015 in the hospital, three days after he collapsed during a match.

Doctors said he died of heart failure.

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The former Belgium Under-21 international fell during the first half of a match on Monday, April 27, 2015.

He was first treated on the pitch but when the medical crew realized it was serious, he was rushed to the hospital where he was placed on life support.

His condition didn’t improve and today his family agreed his life support should be switched off. He passed away around 4pm on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

“Gregory was only one-and-a-half years at the club, but in that short time his quiet modesty made him an indispensable person. Now we will have to learn to live with the loss.” his club said in a statement.

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